Noel Garcia: Balanced Plant Nutrition for Limiting and Remediating Crop Stress

Noel Garcia

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Some plant stress is normal, but if it happens too often or lasts too long, it can seriously impact crop performance. Stress can be caused by bad overall nutrition, adverse weather — especially drought or poor irrigation water quality. Aside from impacting yields and quality, stress very often promotes insect and disease infestations by weakening the plant’s natural immune system. The good news is that you can control and limit stress by:

• Finding out what is causing the stress in your crops.

• Learning ways to relieve stress and reduce its harmful effects that reduce crop performance.

• Discovering the tools available to measure and control stress with: soil analysis, irrigation water analysis, plant sap analysis — including proline analysis (an amino acid used in the biosynthesis of proteins and a key plant stress indicator).

(1 hour, 1 minute, 20 seconds) Recorded at the 2017 Acres U.S.A. Conference, Columbus, Ohio, Thursday, December 7, 2017.

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