The Huma Gro Farmer Podcast: Episode 1 – All Things Strawberry (Part 1)

By Jael Batty

Welcome to The Huma Gro Farmer podcast, in which we discuss crop nutrition and crop protection with experts in the field. Your host, Larry Cooper interviews agronomists, certified crop advisors, and Huma Gro distributors and customers about proven Huma Gro® programs and strategies for growing premium, high yield crops.

In Episode 1, we discuss All Things Strawberry from pre-plant to transplant with our strawberry brain trust: Huma Gro® Senior Director of U.S. Domestic Sales Doug Greer, Eastern Sales Manager and Agronomist Barrett Smith, Florida Regional Agronomist Jason Garcia, and special guests Certified Crop Advisor and Pest Control Advisor for WRT Ag in California Silvano DeLuna, and President of the strawberry dynasty Fancy Farms in Plant City, Florida Dustin Grooms.

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Huma Gro®: The World’s Most Efficient Delivery of Crop N-P-K Nutrients

Huma Gro® products with Micro Carbon Technology® offer an unsurpassed level of application efficiency, allowing farmers to grow more with less fertilizer input. Growing more with less lowers input costs and maximizes return on investment. It also decreases the amount of N-P-K residues that can negatively impact the environment.
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Micronutrients Are the Key to Better Yields

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Experts say that utilizing the smallest nutrients can unlock the greatest potential.

By Larry Cooper, with Dr. Rita Abi-Ghanem

Micronutrients play a critical role in plant vigor, yield, and harvest quality. Yet, they are often overlooked when growers develop their nutrient programs. In this article, we provide an overview of what micronutrients are, the roles they play, how availability is affected by soil and other conditions, how to recognize deficiencies, and the important steps to take when developing a micronutrient plan for your crops.
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Global Fertilizer Day is October 13

On Global Fertilizer Day, agricultural professionals gather to celebrate the key role that fertilizer plays in meeting the growing global demand for nutritious and sustainably grown food.

Our growing global population depends on responsible agricultural practices to provide a steady supply of food. Modern fertilizer techniques are an essential part of this sustainable future, and The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) is invested in promoting best practices to help farmers improve their productivity and food nutrition.

Through innovative, science-based programs, like 4R Nutrient Stewardship, farmers can use fertilizer best management practices that offer enhanced environmental protection, increased production, increased farmer profitability, and improved sustainability.

The concept is to use the right fertilizer source, at the right rate, at the right time, and in the right place. When the 4Rs are put into practice, growers are able to achieve higher yields, lower input costs, and less nutrient losses to the environment.

Get involved with this year’s Global Fertilizer Day by visiting tfi.org/globalfertilizerday!


With Huma Gro® products you also get a 5th R, the Right Carbon Carrier! Our Micro Carbon Technology® provides a carbon-based nutrient carrier that makes our liquid fertilizers more efficient and effective than conventional products. Ask us how!

Pay Attention to Sulfur

A new article from Dr. Mike Stewart in Plant Nutrition Today (a publication of the International Plant Nutrition Institute), reminds us that “Sulfur (S) is an important component of a complete and balanced crop nutrition program and has justifiably gained more attention in recent years. Crop consultants and decision-makers are well advised to pay attention to S nutrition and the various factors that influence its availability and level of need.”

High-yielding forage crops such as alfalfa and hybrid bermudagrass remove more S than most grain crops and tend to be relatively responsive.

According to the article, soils containing less than 2% organic matter are most commonly S deficient, and coarse-textured soils are more likely to need S than finely textured soils.

Dr. Stewart states that, “Sulfur serves many functions in plant. It is used in the formation of amino acids, proteins, and oils. It is necessary for chlorophyll formation, promotes nodulation in legumes, helps develop and activate certain enzymes and vitamins, and is a structural component of 2 of the 21 amino acids that form protein.”

Read the entire article at http://www.ipni.net/publication/pnt-na.nsf/0/E751326443B50E4C85258133006F4513/$FILE/PNT-2017-Summer-02.pdf.

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Huma Gro® offers a liquid 10% Sulfur plant nutrition product derived from ammonium sulfate and complexed with Micro Carbon Technology® that can be soil applied or foliarly applied at the appropriate plant growth stage. Click here for our Sulfur product technical bulletin, or contact your local Huma Gro® sales representative for purchasing or more technical information.

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