Low Substrate Potassium Corrective Procedures
Brian E. Whipker, James L. Gibson, Paul V. Nelson, Todd
J. Cavins, and John M. Dole
Disclaimer: Growers should read and follow all label
directions. Test the corrective procedure on a small number of plants
prior to applying it to the entire crop.
|The amount of fertilizer supplied is lower
than the crop's nutrient demand (crops are categorized as light, medium
or heavy feeders), or at a particular stage of development (high K
demanding crops can deplete substrate K levels, especially near bloom).
||1. Increase K fertilization frequency (use
more frequent fertilization irrigations instead of clear water irrigations).
2. Increase K fertilizer rate or apply a single dose of KNO3 at 200
to 300 ppm K.
3. Avoid leaching the substrate with clear water irrigations.
4. Recheck the EC values to make sure they are within the acceptable
||1. Avoid leaching the substrate with clear water irrigations.
2. Recheck the EC values to make sure they are within the acceptable
||1. Check the EC of the clear water and the fertilizer
solution. Fertilizer solution EC minus clear water EC = EC contribution
of the fertilizer. Compare this value with the tables on the fertilizer
bag to determine the fertilization rate being applied.
|Fertilizer mixing rate error and too little fertilizer
||1. Check if the amount of fertilizer used, the size
of the concentrate bucket, and the proportioner setting are correct.
|Don't forget to check out the Plant Root Zone Management
(PRZM) Manual for more information! Want to know more? Click
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