March 19, 2021 5:08 am Published by KirstyH

Foliar feeding has many benefits, but not just to the plant, farmer and end consumer, but environmentally too.

Environmental Benefits

Foliar application has proven to be an excellent method of supplying supplemental doses of macro- and micro-nutrients, plant hormones, Biostimulants and other beneficial substances to plants.

Efficient Delivery Method

It is a highly efficient and timely method of applying needed  and/or critical plant nutrients (Zhang et al., 2018; Jaksomsak et al., 2018, Fageria et al., 2009).

Soil Factors

It is a means of compensating for soil and or environmentally induced nutrient deficiencies

Human and Animal Health Benefits

Biofortification: A means of effectively increasing Zn and other beneficial mineral concentrations  in grain is via foliar nutrition (Ai‐qing et al., 2013).

Crop Quality Benefits

Foliar fertiliser application improves shelf life, colour and general crop quality (Afzal et al., 2015,  Jifon and Lester 2009).

Environmentally Friendly

Less nitrates and other elements leaching past the root system. Groundwater contamination is strongly reduced if soil application is completely or partially replaced by foliar application (Tagliavini et al., 1997)

Improves the effectiveness of Integrated Crop Management  (ICM) programmes.

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