How often should I fertilize?

Monday, June 1, 2015

Our recommended spraying regime is a minimum of four (4) up to eight (8) sprays during the crop cycle. A plant has certain “windows” where it can more readily process nutrients. Trying to determine when the windows are available is complicated but by having a more frequent fertilizer application process like a foliar spray, the chances are much greater that you will capitalize on those plant uptake windows. Application amounts need to be adjusted as frequency levels increase. Our minimum dilution rate is ½ lb. of product to 50 gallons of water. Our dry foliars have an ideal mix ratio of 1 lb. of product to 50 gallons of water per acre. Examples of spraying regimes for applying 6 lbs. of product during the growing season would be as follows:

Quantity of Product per Acre Timing of Application Quantity of Product per Acre Timing of Application
.75 lbs. per 40 gallons Pre-bloom .50 lbs. per 30 gallons Pre-bloom
.75 lbs. per 40 gallons Pre-bloom .75 lbs. per 40 gallons Pre-bloom
1.25 lbs. per 70 gallons After Bloom 1.00 lbs. per 50 gallons After Bloom
2.00 lbs. per 100 gallons After Bloom 1.50 lbs. per 75 gallons After Bloom
1.25 lbs. per 70 gallons After Bloom 1.00 lbs. per 50 gallons After Bloom
1.25 lbs. per 75 gallons After Bloom
Total: 6 lbs. Total: 6 lbs.

There is flexibility in product application based on the number of applications and the number of gallons earmarked for a particular spray if you keep in mind that 1 to 1 ½ lbs. of product to 50 gallons of water is close to an ideal mix ratio and never to dilute the mix greater that ½ lb. of product to 50 gallons of water.