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Cereals

Cereal crops include a variety of grass family plants such as wheat, maize, rice, barley, oats, rye, and sorghum. To maximize yield and crop quality, cereals need nutrients — especially nitrogen. But when it comes to fertilizer for cereal crops, the rule of thumb is quality, not quantity, as too much applied N and K will simply get lost in the soil. To ensure your plants are getting the nutrients they need, try our nutrient use efficiency products made just for cereals. Contact a Verdesian Specialist to learn more about our solutions for cereal crops, including winter wheat.


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

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  • AVAIL® T5 Phosphorus Fertilizer Enhancer reduces the fixation of applied phosphorus, keeping more available for plant uptake and improving fertilizer ROI.

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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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  • More Than Manure® Nutrient Manager reduces farm odors while protecting your manure’s phosphorus and nitrogen for improved plant uptake.

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

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  • NutriSphere-N® Nitrogen Fertilizer Manager keeps more nitrogen available for plant uptake and inhibits potential 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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  • 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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  • Take Off ST® is a seed treatment that helps growers maximize yield potential by accelerating germination, emergence and nitrogen uptake.

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

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  • Tuxedo® is a micronutrient seed treatment for cereals and pulses. It’s compatible with most standard insecticide and fungicide seed treatments.

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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 Cereal Crops

WHAT ARE CEREAL CROPS?

Cereal or grain crops are defined as, “agronomic crops that belong to the grass Gramineae family which are utilized as staples.” Cereal crops include a variety of different plants including wheat, rice, oats, barley, maize, rye, millet, corn, and sorghum.

NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT FOR CEREAL CROPS

Nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus are the three most important nutrients for successful growth in cereal crops. However, it isn’t enough to apply fertilizer and hope for the best. Cereals can only take up so much nitrogen and potassium, and any excess will simply be lost through fixation or leaching. For optimal results, both nitrogen and potassium need efficiency increases, like those provided by our nutrient use efficiency products listed above designed specifically for cereal crops.

By improving plant metabolism or reducing fixation, our lineup of nutrient use efficiency products can help increase nutrient uptake, getting your cereals more of the nutrients they need for optimal growth, and helping you maximize your fertilizer ROI.

CEREAL CROP SOIL AND TEMPERATURE REQUIREMENTS

Cereals can grow in many soils, but these crops do best in fertile soils that have a good structure and a subsoil porous enough for their deep roots.

Depending on the variety, cereal crops can be very sensitive to frost, so it’s important to plant in warm soil and harvest early before the weather turns.

PEST MANAGEMENT FOR CEREALS

Weeds commonly compete with wheat crops for resources, and all cereal crops are also highly susceptible to insect and disease damage. To combat pest and disease pressure, use herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides as part of an integrated pest management program.

Key Nutrients Cereal Crops Need

  • Nitrogen —For yield, quality and to achieve max economic return, nitrogen is key. Apply nitrogen on cereal crops early for best results, but split applications can also be beneficial. However, more nitrogen applied to the soil doesn’t necessarily mean more uptake. Often, additional applications can increase Nitrogen lost to the soil, so finding ways to increase nitrogen efficiency can yield a greater ROI than fertilizer.
  • Potassium — Needed almost as much as nitrogen, but most potassium is found in the leaves and other areas besides the seed. This is why, like nitrogen, potassium needs efficiency increases rather than more applied K.
  • Phosphorus — Key for rapid, early growth as well as maturity and root growth.
  • Zinc, Copper, Manganese and other micronutrients — Important, but not as critical for growth as N, P and K.

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