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EVEN THOUGH micronutrients play a crucial role in plant development, some recently publicized analyses of soil and tissue tests across several states show a large percentage of growers are running a deficit with some micros.
Most growers and retailers are aware of the need for zinc and boron, for example. But regional trends noted by soil test labs suggest micronutrient levels are being disregarded.
A recent blog post by plant nutrient manufacturer Wolf Trax noted:
Joe Nester, an agronomist and owner of Bryan, Ohio-based Nester Ag, says growers who don’t request micronutrient levels in their soil tests run the risk of leaving yield and profits on the table.
When economics are not strong, micronutrients are typically the first thing to be culled by farmers when they’re cutting back inputs, followed by sulfur and then other products, he says. Ramping up visual scouting to…