For commercial agricultural enterprises, commercial fertilizer can be a vital tool. However, those that are new to overseeing the needs of commercial agricultural enterprises may not be aware of the strategies that will aid them in using fertilizer products to increase their crop yield and quality.
Understand The Needs Of Your Soil
Before you can create an effective fertilizing routine for your crops, you will have to deeply understand the soil composition of where the crop will be growing. The amount and types of nutrients that are available in the soil can vary greatly even across the same property. This results in you needing to have the soil tested either exactly where the crop will be located or extremely close to it. Without the results of one of these soil assessments, it will be easy to inadvertently damage the plants by adding too much of the wrong fertilizers. Ideally, one of these soil assessments should be performed prior to each crop being planted as the soil's composition can change a surprising amount from one growing season to the next.
Consider That The Needed Fertilizers Will Vary Over Time
In addition to fertilizing the ground at the start of the growing season, you are likely to need to regularly apply fertilizers as the plants will gradually deplete these nutrients as they grow. When you are adding fertilizers to the soil, you should be mindful of the current growth phase of your crop. The needs of these plants can vary significantly whether it is in the early stages of producing fruits or simply growing into a mature plant. When a person appreciates that these needs will change over the life of the plants, they can effectively adjust the fertilizers they are using so that the plant is always getting the exact mix of nutrients that it needs to thrive.
Avoid Letting The Fertilizer Degrade While In Storage
Fertilizer can be extremely prone to degrading over time if it is stored improperly. In particular, molds and other plants can start to grow in it, which should not be surprising given the nutrient-rich nature of the fertilizer. Furthermore, moisture exposure can dissolve or otherwise weaken the nutrients in the fertilizer so that they will be less potent when used for your plants. Storing these items in airtight containers where moisture will not pose a major problem can greatly extend the life of your stored fertilizers. By using these containers, you may be able to get the fertilizer to make it through the whole growing season.