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Berry uniformity and taste is key for a successful crop, especially in the U.S., where berries are graded by size and quality before they can be sold. See how Verdesian’s portfolio of nutrient use efficiency products can help you ensure your berries are getting the nutrients they need for optimal growth.

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  • Seed Treatments & Inoculants

    Seed Treatments & Inoculants

  • AVAIL® Phosphorus Fertilizer Enhancer reduces the fixation of applied phosphorus, keeping more available for plant uptake and improving fertilizer ROI.

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  • Aqua-Pam™ is a soil surfactant and water retention aid that improves soil structure, water supply to roots and nutrient use efficiency.

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  • CITRON® Water Herbicide Adjuvant boosts herbicide efficiency and can be used in conjunction with most contact herbicides.

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  • Moist Ferrous Sulfate Heptahydrate | Dried Ferrous Sulfate Heptahydrate | Dried Solu-Grade® Heptahydrate | Dried Ferrous Sulfate Standard Monohydrate | Dried Ferrous Sulfate Granular Monohydrate

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  • Fungi-Phite® is a fast-acting phosphite fungicide proven to fight and prevent disease in more than 20 varieties of specialty crops.

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  • Intracept™ offers a proprietary blend of micronutrients to help optimize growth and uniformity in specialty crops through improved nutrient efficiency.

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  • By slowing the oxidation of phosphorus, Nutri-Phite® enhances nutrient uptake to improve plant health and vigor, leading to increased yield potential.

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  • Nutripaction Granulated Micronutrients help prevent and correct nutrient deficiencies to achieve higher and more profitable yields.

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  • NutriSphere-N® Nitrogen Fertilizer Manager keeps more nitrogen available for plant uptake and inhibits N loss.

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  • PolyAmines are amino acid chelated micronutrients designed to prevent or correct trace element deficiencies at all stages of plant growth.

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  • Primacy ALPHA® works inside the plant to stimulate the efficient assimilation and utilization of nutrients for a more consistent quality and yield in flowering and fruit size.

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  • ReKovery 2‑0‑21 is designed for foliar application on plants to prevent or correct nutrient deficiencies that may limit crop growth and yields.

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  • Safe Zone™ is a liquid soil treatment to reduce soluble salts in the root zone, improving germination, water percolation and nutrient uptake.

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  • Steric® delivers soil-applied nutrients that delay the chemical fixation reactions between phosphorus, potassium and sulfur in alkaline/acidic soils.

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  • Take Off® is a revolutionary nitrogen-management technology that accelerates nutrient acquisition and assimilation as well as nitrogen use efficiency.

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  • N-Charge G™ provides long-lasting protection of treated granular nitrogen fertilizers, enhancing nitrogen use efficiency.

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Key Considerations for Berry Growers



Berries do well in sandy loam or loam soils but are able to adapt to other soil types if managed well. They require a good amount of organic matter in the soil, as well as consistent irrigation or rainfall. However, be sure not to over-saturate the soil: though they need lots of water for optimal growth, berries are sensitive to poor drainage. They’re also sensitive to heavy winds, so ensure your field has adequate protection.


Berry uniformity and taste are important for selling, especially in the U.S., where berries are graded by size and quality, and must meet specific thresholds to be qualified for market. Good nutrient management can increase your odds of a good crop. However, if you’re applying fertilizers, you’ll need to consider your application method and the source of your nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus before applying, as some berries are sensitive to chlorides.


Weeds can be a major problem for berry crops and should be treated early on. Crop rotation and integrated pest management can help stave off pests and disease and ensure your crop has a healthy start.


Key Nutrients


  • Nitrogen — Though nitrogen is a season-long component of optimal growth in almost all berry crops, too much can negatively impact fruit quality.
  • Phosphorus — Early-season exposure plays a role in yield results and stress tolerance, so while phosphorus is critical at the pre-plant stage, it doesn’t need to be applied throughout the season, (though doing so won’t hurt plant growth).
  • Potassium — Taken up more than any other nutrient from flowering to harvest and is needed from pre-plant to harvest to ensure proper yield and fruit quality.
  • Calcium — Large amounts required throughout the season for fruit quality and firmness.
  • Micronutrients — Over-application of micronutrients can be more damaging to berry crops than a deficiency, so it is recommended to complete a soil test prior to applying.
    • Boron & Zinc — These micronutrients help prevent fruit malformation.

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