Wheat Yield, Quality and Plant Health Parameters from Starter Applications of MicroEssentials in Northwest Minnesota


Start Date: 2011

Principal Investigator: Nancy Jo Ehlke

Organization: University of Minnesota, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics

Status: Complete

Background Information:

This research compares MicroEssentials® alone and MicroEssentials plus ESN (Environmentally Smart Nitrogen) against a standard phosphorus (P) fertilizer starter program in spring wheat. In addition to phosphorus, the MicroEssentials products contain sulfur and zinc, which have been reported to be involved in protein synthesis and may increase protein levels in wheat. A coated urea product may offer the potential to improve wheat yield and quality (protein), especially if the product is not released into the soil solution until later in the plant developmental stages of the spring wheat. The combination of this coated urea and MicroEssentials offers the potential to improve both wheat yields and seed quality.

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