Foliar feeding, a term referring to the application of essential plant nutrients to above-ground plant parts, has been documented as early as 1844 when an iron sulfate solution was sprayed as a possible remedy for “chlorosis sickness.” More recently, foliar feeding has been widely used and accepted as an essential part of crop production, especially on horticultural crops. Although not as widespread on agronomic crops, the benefits of foliar feeding have been well documented and increasing efforts, have been made to achieve consistent responses.
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Applying fertilizer solutions through irrigation water is not a recent development; the first agricultural use of anhydrous ammonia was through application in irrigation water in the early 1930's. With the mechanization of irrigation, particularly with the development of center pivot sprinkler systems, new application techniques have opened up for fertilizer and chemical solutions. New words describing these application techniques include fertigation, chemigation, fungigation, herbigation, insectigation and pestigation.READ MORE
The biggest risk of lead exposure is through eating or swallowing contaminated dirt. Young children are at the highest risk for this exposure.READ MORE
There are basic principles of crop observations that will assist in the management and identifying some variations that will influence plant stands.READ MORE