Innovative MicroEssentials™ Advanced Nutrition Technology
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Innovative MicroEssentials™ Advanced Nutrition Technology

October 08, 2008   |   ShareThis

PLYMOUTH, Minn. - Oct. 29, 2008 - With fertilizer prices at all time high, growers may be considering reducing input costs by cutting back on their crop fertility programs. Improving efficiency of those fertility programs may be a better approach to help optimize investment in seed genetics.

MicroEssentials® is a new, advanced nutrition technology from Mosaic Company that has been proven to improve phosphorus uptake of crops by 10 to 30 percent and enhance plants' utilization of other nutrients as well.

MicroEssentials combines the correct ratios of three critical nutrients--nitrogen, phosphorus and sulfur--into uniform granules. Delivering consistent distribution of all nutrients gives every plant a better shot at getting the essential nutrients it needs to produce the best results. Growers can also use less total secondary nutrients and micronutrients while still meeting the crop's needs.

"MicroEssentials works better than other fertilizers for several reasons. First, the granules are formed in a way that allows plants to absorb them more easily," says Dan Froehlich, director of agronomy at Mosaic. "They also contain two types of sulfur, the sulfate form which is available immediately to the plants and the elemental form which becomes available later in the growing season.

"In addition, there is a unique relationship between the sulfur and phosphorus that allows plants to take up 10 percent to 30 percent more phosphorus along with many other beneficial nutrients," Froehlich says.

Soil nutrient levels lower than expected

Froehlich recommends starting every fertility program with a clear picture of current soil nutrient levels, which means soil testing should be completed, particularly if testing hasn't been done recently. Soil nutrient levels may be much lower than growers expect for a couple of reasons.

"Over the past three to four years, we've seen record high yields across the country. High crop output draws more nutrients out of the soil. In addition, previously low commodity prices meant many growers were already limiting P and K applications. Both of these factors means P and K levels are lower than would be expected," Froehlich says. "If levels drop too low, the plants' nitrogen uptake efficiency decreases, and in turn, the return on investment in genetics and nitrogen are both jeopardized."

Soil tests, past yield reports, cost of production per acre, along with knowledge of the genetic potential of the chosen seed and the individual grower's yield goal are all pieces of the crop production puzzle. With that information in hand, successful decisions can be made on the appropriate investment in plant nutrition.

The MicroEssentials family of products includes three formulations, each appropriate for specific crop needs. It is a versatile product that works well as a starter, a direct application fertilizer or bulk-blend ingredient. For more information, visit or contact your local Mosaic marketing manager.