Agronomy Updates

Everyone knows plants need nitrogen, phosphorus, zinc and sulfer to reach full potential. Until now it’s been nearly impossible to apply all four evenly across a field. Blended fertilizer, no matter how well applied, can separate, making some nutrients more readily available for one plant and less for another.

MicroEssentials solves this problem with a patented process that packs all four essential nutrients into a single granule that provides even, balanced nutrition across the field. Because of this, MicroEssentials SZ is superior to traditional blended fertilizers, providing more efficient and uniform distribution of nutrients in a ratio best suited to plant health and productivity.
Advantages of MicroEssentials SZ
 Improved Phosphorus uptake— The pH of each MicroEssentials granule balances the soil pH around the granule to enhance P availability. Also, a key nutrient interaction between phosphorus and zinc helps plants take up more of the nutrients applied, and P uptake increases 10 to 30%.

Season-long Sulfur availability—MicroEssentials delivers two forms of sulfur; sulfate (50%), which is immediately available to developing roots, and elemental sulfur (50%), which becomes available later in the growing season.

     Improved Zinc uptake—Because zinc is incorporated into every MicroEssentials SZ granule, it is uniformly distributed and readily available to each plant—roots come in contact with 12 times more zinc than when applied in a typical  
    MicroEssentials SZ is only available at Dakota Ag Cooperative and other CHS Country Operations locations.
    Contact your  local salesperson for more information.
    MicroEssentials SZ website

Variable Rate Fertilizer Technology (VRT)

VRT allows fertilizer to be applied at varying fertilizer rates across your field relative to field productivity. Yield variability is the most important factor in determining if your fields are good candidates for VRT. Dakota Ag has the ability to detect yield variability in your fields by using satellite imagery and will help you decide which fields would benefit from VRT. VRT Map
Why use VRT?
  • Place fertilizer where it is needed most – Put more fertilizer in the most productive parts of the field and less in the less productive areas.
  • Increase yield – Maximize yield potential of a field by making sure the most productive areas have enough fertilizer.
  • Increase profit – By putting fertilizer in areas where it can be used more efficiently by the crop you can increase yields without increasing costs.
  • Other benefits are nutrient management for future crops and increased crop quality.


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