The Role of Different Nutrients
Balanced Fertilisation Benefits Long-term Yield
Balanced fertilisation means that each plant receives the right amount of nutrients to be able to grow strong and healthy. This is important because a healthy plant produces a good yield, and it is also more resistant to different diseases, pests and even drought. Also large root mass helps prevent erosion, and when the basics of growth are right, plants can efficiently use added nutrients without loss through leaching, run-off, volatilization or fixation. Balanced fertilisation also means that removed nutrients which are taken out with the crop will be returned by adding fertilisers.
Different soils contain different amounts of valuable nutrients, and soil analysis is a base for accurate and balanced fertilisation. In many cases, leaf analysis is also used either to complement soil analysis, or as the main analysis.