Fosfi-Cal WP for Plant Health on Strawberries

Fosfi-Cal WP for Plant Health on Strawberries

Summary

Calcium is an essential plant nutrient, serving as a key input for proper plant cell
elongation, and the strengthening of cell walls. Having sufficiently available and
effective levels of calcium in plants improves their ability to defend against abiotic
stress like heat, by reducing evapotranspiration and regulating stomata aperture.
Fosfi-Cal WPTM is a systemic phosphonate mineral Calcium complex.
Phosphonates move rapidly through plant tissues, in both existing and newer
plantings, providing the necessary support to stimulate plant health and improved
nutrient availability. By including Fosfi-Cal WPTM in a strawberry crop program,
growers should benefit from improved nutrient uptake, improved plant health,
and improved fruit quality.

Method of Analysis

Prior to the planned applications of Fosfi-Cal WPTM, plant tissue samples were
collected from randomly selected plants in 3 different strawberry fields. The tissue
samples were delivered to A&L Western Agricultural Laboratories to conduct tissue
nutrient assessments. Next, applications of Fosfi-Cal WPTM were performed on
the same fields, at a rate of 1 LBS per acre. Foliage samples were then collected 3
days after application, to evaluate nutrient availability in the plants.

Results

Rocha Jr. Berry Farms

Gema Berry Farms

Grower Testimony

Growers that have used Fosfi-Cal WPTM have noticed a speedy and dramatic
change in their crop stature. Treated plants have a lusher green pigment, extended
plant vigor, over all better yield and quality of their production.

Conclusion

Tissue analysis pre and post application of Fosfi-Cal WPTM highlight the efficacy of
the product. The results of tissue analysis performed post application of
Fosfi-Cal WPTM demonstrate a +20-30% nutrient uptake improvement across primary,
secondary and tertiary nutrients,
including increase of calcium uptake by 30%.

Recommendations

  • At early plant establishment, begin applications of Fosfi-Cal WPTM on monthly drip applications for root development.
  • The recommended rate for the first 2 applications in early establishment is 0.5lb/ac
  • The following monthly recommended applications are a rate of 1.0lb/ac