Because NAFmicro fertilizer is the result of burning manure, the nitrogen is completely removed. This makes NAFmicro fertilizer an excellent choice for sugar beets where nitrogen robs sugar purity, and peas where nitrogen affects pod set. By being nitrogen free, NAFmicro fertilizer can be applied to wheat stubble, or any stubble and incorporate when you want.
Phosphate application becomes part of the soil’s reserves for feeding subsequent crops. Most crops get only 10% to 30% of their phosphorus from the current year’s fertilizer application. The rest comes from the soil. It has been found that phosphorus fixed by the soil from fertilizer is not as tightly held as “native” phosphorus and becomes available to plants in a shorter period of time.
Potash losses usually occur through crop removal, leaching or soil erosion. It does not leach readily in medium and fine textured soils; however, on sands and organic soils leaching loss can be serious. Annual maintenance applications are usually required to replace yearly losses from crop removal. Typically potash removed by 200 bushel corn is 57 pounds. (3 to 4 times that for silage).
Sulfur is rapidly becoming the fourth major plant food nutrient for crop production. It rivals nitrogen in protein synthesis and phosphorus in uptake by crops. Sulfates, being soluble, tend to move with soil water and are readily leached from the soil.
Zinc is essential for the transformation of carbohydrates and regulating the consumption of sugar in the plant. It forms part of the enzyme system which regulates plant growth.
Calcium has many functions. It is associated with the development of proteing, assists root development and movement of carbohydrates within the plant and is needed for the formation of cell walls, seed production and other processes. If the plant is low in calcium, the growth may be adversely affected.
Magnesium’s need or desire in a given soil for good crop production depends on the crop to be grown, the soil’s exchange capacity and levels of calcium and potassium in the soil. High rates of applications of calcite limestone or potassium could result in an induced magnesium deficiency.
Copper plays an important role in plant growth as an enzyme activator and as a part of certain enzymes which function in plant restoration. It is very important in the plant’s reproductive stage of growth and plays an indirect role in chlorophyll production.
Iron is essential for the formation of chlorophyll and photosynthesis. Iron is the activation element in several enzyme systems. It is also important in respiration and other oxidation systems of plants and is a vital part of the oxygen-carrying system.
Manganese plays a role in many of the vital processes in a growing plant. It usually functions with enzyme systems of the plant involved in the breakdown of carbohydrates, nitrogen metabolism and many other plant processes.
Boron is needed in protein synthesis and is associated with increased cellular activity that promotes maturity with increased set of flowers, fruit, yield and quality. It also affects nitrogen and carbohydrate metabolism and water relations in the plant.
Molybdenum is needed for the symbiotic fixation of nitrogen by legumes. It is vital for the reduction of nitrates in the synthesis of protein by all plants.