Online Tool Helps Master Nutrient Management

Farmer Iron

Crops need nutrients to survive and this new site helps you understand what works where.

Published on: July 19, 2013

Crop nutrition is a big deal. Just how do you keep that growing crop productive? The folks at Mosaic have been involved in providing in-depth information - they are in the crop nutrition business - for some time. They're even working directly with farmers on the Pursuit of 300 too.

Yet for solid in-depth crop nutrition information they had a website called back-to-basics.net, which has now been supplanted by a new site - cropnutrition.com, which is redesigned and feature rich. It has lots of information about crop nutrition and its presented in new ways.

For example there's a kind of Periodical Table of Elements, only this one focuses on crop nutrients. You'll also find links to International Plant Nutrition Institute work on crop nutrition, which is helpful if you've got a crop problem you're working out.

PERIODIC TABLE? Clicking the elements in the table brings up information about how that nutrient works in the corn plant on the right.
PERIODIC TABLE? Clicking the elements in the table brings up information about how that nutrient works in the corn plant on the right.

In its release announcing the site, the company notes that 60% of crop yield relies on soil fertility - that's a big deal. Trouble is, getting the right information isn't so easy, so the site is aiming for that. The site has two full-time agronomists blogging twice a month on key topics, and the aim is to create easy access to a lot of information.

The searchable index of content is valuable too, where you'll be taking to IPNI research if needed so there's objective information available for you too.

Website improvements are coming every day with companies figuring out what you need and when. This new site offers you not only an enhanced browsing experience - I spent quite a bit of time on the site looking around - but it's intuitive too. So if you're looking to learn more about how different crop nutrients work and interact in your plant - for example, why is iron so important to the soybean? - you'll find it there.

As we get better at looking at plants in-season, solid fertility knowledge will be important too. The rising use of the Greenseeker and OptRx tech we're seeing from companies that allow real-time measurement of crop health will make a difference, but it starts with nutrient knowledge too.

The cropnutrition.com site is worth checking out.