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All you wanted to know about the importance of zinc for your plants

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Zinc is an indispensable trace element for all plants. It is very important in the early stages of growth. Zinc influences the production of auxins. These are natural growth hormones, essential for youth growth.

But there is less and less plant available zinc and a shortage often has important consequences.

The fertility of the soil decreases

Stricter legislation limits the use of animal fertilizers. In addition, chemical fertilizers became a lot more pure. Result: the soil fertility decreases. Soil analyzes of the past 20 years indicate that the organic matter content decreases year after year and thus the plant available sulfur, zinc and boron also decrease.

Phosphor: a spoilsport

We all know that phosphor fertilization blocks the zinc absorption from the soil or reduces it dramatically.

This is how you recognize the symptoms of a zinc deficiency:

  • The young plants die shortly after germination.
  • The plants are inhibited, remain small, and develop slowly.
  • The plants show a typical clorosis patern on generally the youngest leaves.

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Some herbicides block the absorption of zinc

Some herbicides put the plant roots on non-active. Especially those of the sulfonylurea family. The roots do not absorb the zinc anymore.

Leaf applications with zinc reduce the negative effects of this weed control and show a number of important advantages.

4 reasons to start with zinc applications

  • You avoid an obstructed zinc absorption resulting from phosphorus fertilization.
  • You stimulate the youth growth of your plants.
  • You improve the effect of your weed control and eliminate the resulting plant stress.
  • You increase the resistance of the young plants at cold temperatures. This way you prevent the young plant from stopping growing.

Viener Zn for a good start

Viener Zn focuses specifically on the seeds and contains zinc in various chemical forms that each release zinc at a different time. In this way, zinc is available continuously and gradually for your young plants and avoid growth interruption of the plant. You can treat the seeds of cereals, rice, corn, soy, beans, ... with Viener Zn.

Viener Zn: seed treatment

Check out the test results with Viener Zn:

TEST RESULTS OF VIENER ZN ON DIFFERENT CROPS

Chelal Zn for continuous growth

The zinc in Chelal Zn is fully chelated. Leaves and roots absorb it easily and quickly. The chelation also ensures good internal transport to all parts of the plant. The product is ideal for foliar applications during the early growth stages of the young plant.

Chelal Zn: from germination until 4 – 5 leafs

Landamine Zn: kill 2 birds with 1 stone

In order to grow well, phosphor is also important for young plants. It has a particularly strong effect on the development of the roots. In cold weather and in calcareous, heavy soils, the phosphor availability  is limited. A joint deficiency of phosphorus and zinc therefore occurs frequently. If there is not enough phosphor available in the soil, a higher phosphor fertilization does not bring any relief because it blocks the zinc.

How to solve? Landamine Zn. This product contains both phosphor and zinc to prevent or treat the deficiencies simultaneously.

Chelal Zn: from germination until 4 – 5 leafs

Conclusion: take advantage of zinc applications with Viener Zn, Chelal Zn and Landamine Zn:

  • reduce the stress of weed control
  • prevent the plant from growing less or stop growing
  • reduce the amount of herbicide without sacrificing the effect
  • or increase the effect of the herbicides with equal dosage
  • ensure continuous zinc absorption and guarantee the good quality of your harvest

source: BLGG AgroXpertus - The Netherlands