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Potash & Phosphate Institute
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Norcross, Georgia 30092-2837
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Winter 1996, No. 8

A BALANCED DIET PROVIDES CROP STRESS PROTECTION

Healthy plants, like healthy people, are better equipped to cope with detrimental forces generated by disease, crop injury, extremes in temperature or moisture or with an imbalance of certain inputs. Balanced nutrition is a vital part of this crop stress protection.

Each essential nutrient is directly responsible for at least one major plant function and indirectly for several others. A shortage can increase plant susceptibility to disease or other yield limiting forces. Thus, each nutrient must pull its weight and, at the same time, provide assistance to others if plant growth is to develop to its fullest potential.

Research continues to document the agronomic and economic importance of nutrient adequacy and balance for crop stress tolerance and/or resistance. Yes, a balanced diet of essential nutrients can provide crop stress protection. Start with a good soil test program. Consider specific crop nutrient requirements, crop production objectives, interactions among nutrients and other production practices, and adjustments for climatic influences.

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