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Root Health is Key to Successful Wheat Crops

January 20, 2017

Experts say that 80% of all plant problems start with soil and root damage caused by underground pests and diseases. Their effect often goes unnoticed until the end of the season, resulting in significant crop damage and yield loss.

Lush and robust wheat fields start with durable, deep, fiberous and disease-free roots. These roots absorb important nutrients and moisture that produce healthier plants with stronger yield potential, which is why growers should keep their wheat’s root health top of mind when preparing for the season.

But what does “root health” mean? Root health can be defined as:

  • A root system with very little disease infection
  • A root system that more efficiently takes up water and nutrients
  • A plant with stronger stems and foliage that better withstands environmental stress

Healthy roots help crops better cope with stress and build enough leaf area to produce higher yields. They also help winter cereals survive harsh weather conditions for a strong growth start in spring and provide optimal conditions for spring sown cereals to maximize yield in their short growing cycle. When thinking about the 2017 season, keep root heath at the top of mind.

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