Growers have long known that a delicate balance between physical, chemical, and biological factors influences yield, how crops grow, and determines crop performance.
An ideal game plan for success starts with an integrated strategy to improve crop and soil management. Incorporating biostimulants in your crop management plan can boost soil health and increase the ability to grow healthy and productive crops.
Soil health is a measure of the capacity of soil to function as a vital living ecosystem, sustaining plants, animals, and humans. While soil health depends on multiple elements, the microbiome is a key element.
Microbiomes have immense potential to improve plant productivity. They aid in the plant's nutrient uptake and use as well as organic matter decomposition. Plant-microbe interactions and signalling molecules stimulate plant growth, increase resiliency to abiotic stress, and help root system development.
An important group of microbes within the rhizosphere are AMF (Arbuscular Mycorrhiza Fungi). In fact, AMF colonize more than 80% of land plants, including crops. These tiny helpers work symbiotically with the plant root to drive the composition of the rhizosphere.
Growers who foster the relationship between roots, soil microbes (including AMF), and biostimulants will improve plant productivity, build crop quality, boost soil health, and get a leg up on their competition.
A healthy population of soil microbes performs many fundamental functions:
Aids in nutrient cycling
Betters soil structure by breaking down crop residue, which improves soil aggregation
Increases the soil's water-holding capacity
Stimulates plant growth
A growing body of evidence indicates applications of alkaline-extracted Ascophyllum nodosum (ANE) biostimulants increase the biodiversity and activity of microbial communities in the rhizosphere. In turn, respiration and metabolic activity are increased.
A recent study published in Nature Scientific Reports titled Alkaline extraction of the seaweed Ascophyllum nodosum stimulates arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and their endomycorrhization of plant roots found Acadian Plant Health's seaweed extract improved growth and symbiosis of AMF through multiple mechanisms.
Biostimulants can have a positive impact on your farm. Without soil health, there is no plant health. Adding APH biostimulants to your growing practices can unlock synergies to enhance this year's crop productivity, increase soil health, and lay the groundwork for future yields. Put APH biostimulants in your plan and see how we can help you create a strategy to reach peak performance.