The key to successful nutrient management in commercial agriculture is in applying appropriate nutrients at the right phenological stage of plant growth and to the correct location of the plant’s anatomy.
However, climate change has created many challenges to growers in precision nutrient management as well as in managing plant health from the ever-growing colonies of pathogens due to changes in environmental conditions.
With its unique mode of action, OCC has made nutrient management simple as long as nutrients applications are within the appropriate phenological stages of plant growth. This characteristic of OCC also enhances the immune responses of the plants and crops to biotic and abiotic stresses caused by climate change. To some extent, it neutralises many challenges generated by the changing climate we have seen over the past decades.
Highly compatible with chemicals and nutrients formulations currently available in the market, integration of OCC into crop management tank-mix sprays can lead to the enhancement in the efficacies of active ingredients. Growers who have integrated OCC into their crop management programs have seen improvements in many attributes in overall quality, tastes, size, productivity, appearances, as well as crop or plant health.
When OCC becomes a component of liquid nutrient formulations, it enhances the performance of the formulation without altering its chemical characteristics. In new formulations, OCC allows the reduction of conventional active components without affecting overall performance.
Plants typically absorb nutrients from the foliage or the root system. However, OCC colloidal nutrients provide an added entry medium – through the bark system (below). Due to its unique physicochemical characteristics, OCC colloidal nutrient can penetrate the trunk into the vascular system of plants via the symplastic pathway for distribution to all parts of plants.
The OCC colloidal nutrients are also able to penetrate biofilm formed by pathogens of vascular diseases. This characteristic mitigates the vascular disease by neutralising the blockage of pathogen-induced biofilms in the vascular system.
In trying to mitigate productivity losses due to plant diseases of the vascular system, or transmit through the vascular system, the option of entry through the trunk offers a practical solution without leaving direct residue onto the fruits, or chemical stress on the foliage.
More than 90% of all necessary minerals and nutrients that plants need are from the soil. The application of colloidal nutrients at the base of the trunk close to the root system offers unparalleled nutrient uptake from the earth to the plant, leading to enhanced productivity and quality attributes.
This application guideline is an accumulation of successful field applications. Due to the difference in active compounds of various colloidal nutrients, the guidance can only serve as a reference. For specific application purpose, please contact us for details.