July 13, 2016

Hit Refresh on Your Fall-Planted Wheat’s Fertilizer Plan

By Wolf Trax

There are a lot of decisions to make before planting this fall’s wheat crop. How much time do you put toward fertilizer decisions?

If you want to take your wheat yields to the next level and make the most of your fertilizer investment, take three steps.

Step 1 – Ask for micronutrient analysis with soil test results.

You have to know what’s going on in your soils to know what to apply in your fertilizer blend. Some important micronutrients to monitor are copper, zinc and boron. Here’s why:

  • Copper deficiencies in wheat can reduce seed set, hurting your yields. And because copper is a vital component of lignen, which helps fight disease, a lack of copper can result in more disease pressure.

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Wolf Trax Copper DDP® (left) helped this wheat seedling avoid early-season nutrient stress.

  • Zinc and boron deficiencies were prevalent in 2015 wheat tissue tests analyzed by United Suppliers, a large network of ag retailers in the central United States.

Check your soil’s nutrient status before you plant this fall, so your pre-plant or at-plant fertilizer can provide the nutrients your crop will need.

 Step 2 – Be proactive and add micronutrients to your soil applications.

Nutrient stress hurts yields. It doesn’t matter if the deficiency is nitrogen, zinc, copper or some other nutrient. In the words of Brian Hefty with Ag PhD, “You may have enough N, P, and K to raise 100 bushel wheat, but you only have enough copper to raise 90 bushel wheat. What will your wheat yield be? 90.”

By including needed micronutrients in a soil application, you can be proactive and address your crop’s nutrient needs before symptoms of deficiency (and lost yield) occur. Avoiding an expensive foliar application of copper is a good economical choice, too.

Step 3 – Choose the right micronutrient fertilizer products.

Wolf Trax DDP Nutrients are smart micronutrient choices for dry fertilizer applications. But they aren’t your traditional granular micronutrient products. Here’s how they differ:

  • DDP Nutrients feature EvenCoat™ Technology to coat fertilizer blends. By coating every macronutrient granule in the blend, you get blanket-like coverage of the micronutrient(s) across a field. Young plant roots will be able to access the micronutrient(s) earlier – every time they find an N, P, K or S granule.
  • You can create custom blends with the micronutrients your fields need. Choose one or more from the entire DDP product line.
  • DDP Nutrients feature DUAL ACTION™ Availability, which ensures immediate availability to the young crop as well as extended feeding.

This fall, consider how Wolf Trax DDP Nutrients can help your wheat crop get off to the strong start it needs.


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