Plants rely on water to transport nutrients to their cells. Water is necessary for good plant nutrition. The quality of water has a major influence on the effectiveness of fertilizers. These tips and tricks from our technical advisors will help you optimize fertilization and irrigation water.
- Analyze your irrigation water on a regular basis (minimum once a year).
- Review your analysis with an ICL SF technical advisor.
- The most common parameters used for determining irrigation water quality are acidity (pH), Electrical Conductivity (EC) and hardness (Ca-, Mg-bicarbonate), but look at the other elements in water as well.
- Determine, together with your ICL SF technical advisor, the need for measures to improve the quality of the water.
- Take into account the differences in water hardness and pH buffering capabilities between different types of irrigation water (e.g. rainwater vs. well water).
- If the water is too hard, it may be necessary to decrease the pH in the water by acidifying.
- Soft water may contain low concentrations of calcium. Adjust tank composition accordingly and add calcium.
- Match irrigation to water quality, weather conditions, and crop need at all times.
- ICL Specialty Fertilizers offers products that improve water quality based on advanced technologies. Our goals is to facilitate our customers with our complete fertilization solutions.