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For many years, growers have considered fertilizer to be nitrogen, phosphate and potash. But as yields have increased, they’ve continued to remove secondary nutrients and micronutrients at greater amounts. Higher yields also increase the daily demand for these nutrients, creating potential micronutrient deficiencies. How can growers tell if their crop is deficient in micronutrients?

In this podcast episode, Ward Laboratories founder and president Ray Ward will discuss the two methods of evaluation: soil testing and plant analysis, and what the proper sampling protocol is for each. He’ll also explain how to correct micronutrient deficiencies, including the timing of soil and foliar nutrient application for each micronutrient.

Let’s listen in as Ray discusses proper methods for taking plant samples for analysis in corn, soybeans, wheat and other crops, and also shares an overview of deficiency symptoms for micronutrients in crops.

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Intro Music: Adam Selzer - True North

Interlude Music: Alialujah Choir - Little Picture (Instrumental)