In the summer months, disaster management teams have their hands full as storms rip through areas of South Africa that get summer rainfall. Although most farmers celebrate the rain, hail storms can cause extensive damage to crops, and livelihoods.
In this blog, we detail how to remedy or mitigate damage to crops caused by hail.
What happens when crops are hit by hail?
Along with the visible damage to the plant, any crop affected by hail will have its ability to photosynthesise compromised. Photosynthesis is the process which fuels the plant’s growth process and ensures an efficient immune system.
Major contributors to a healthy plant are the metabolites (from photosynthesis) that are sent back down via the roots into the rhizosphere (the film between the soil particle and the root hair). These exudates primarily take the form of carbohydrates (simple and complex sugars) that serve as a food source to the complex array of microbes that perform different functions which are essential to the survival of the plant. One of these is the solubilisation of essential nutrients (such as phosphate) to make them available to the plant.
If crops have been shredded by hail, photosynthesis can’t happen effectively. The compromised plant becomes susceptible to disease, and its health will experience a general downward spiral.
How can hail-damaged crops be rejuvenated?
When your body feels rundown (caused by stress like lack of sleep, extreme cold or heat or intense physical activity), you may take a vitamin C or immune supplement to avoid getting sick. Similarly, plants affected by hail can benefit from a foliar application of a product such as Nutri-Tech Triple Ten™.
What is Nutri-Tech Triple Ten TM?
Combining conventional and organic properties, Nutri-Tech Triple Ten™ is a liquid fertiliser which acts as a boost for plants in stress situations such as hail damage. This tried-and-tested product helps stressed plants to access nutrients that they have not been able to generate through their own natural factory – photosynthesis.
A boost for plant recovery plus peak health and quality
Within the context of varied and unpredictable climatic circumstances and seasonal conditions, Nutri-Tech Triple Ten™ offers farmers, landscapers, and gardeners a simple and effective solution to the adverse effects of stress conditions, as well as an easy day-to-day boost to achieving premium-quality plant health and produce.
The brix level of a plant that has been stressed will always be much lower than one that is healthy. A refractometer (a device which measures brix in the sap of a plant) is a simple mechanism that will show higher brix levels after the application of Nutri-Tech Triple Ten™ .
Where can Nutri-Tech Triple Ten™ be applied?
- All crops
- Ornamental gardens
How is it applied?
Nutri-Tech Triple Ten™ is applied primarily as a foliar spray (not recommended until seedlings are 15cm high) or through irrigation systems.
How does Nutri-Tech Triple Ten™ work?
Nutri-Tech Triple Ten™ works by providing additional nutrients taken up by the leaves as opposed to through the root system. As a foliar feed, the nutrients are more easily taken up and metabolised than through the more complex root applications, removing the impediment of unavailable elements in the soil.
A multi-pronged approach
As is often the case when nursing a sick plant (or human) to good health, a multi-pronged, holistic approach generally yields the best results.
The addition of Sea Brix™ can further magnify the effect of Nutri-Tech Triple Ten™ when applied to damaged crops. The combination of the broad spectrum of inorganic nutrients in Nutri-Tech Triple Ten™ is supported by the amino acids, kelp and triacontanol (a catalyst in the photosynthetic process) in Sea Brix™ .
Benefits of Nutri-Tech Triple Ten™ application include:
- Healthy, vigorous growth
- Improved root structure
- More even fruit size and better colour
- Early maturity
- Increased yield and quality
- Better taste and shelf life
- Broad-spectrum nutrition and plant growth promotion.
Discover your crop’s recovery, resilience, and health promotion strategy with Nutri-Tech Triple Ten™ . The team at Zylem are on hand to explain applications and precautions associated with this product and many others. Get in touch to find out more about our plant health services and solutions: https://www.zylemsa.co.za/contact-us/.