January 2021 – Spanish farmers to lose millions of euros from damage to crops and building as severe frost grips the country.
- Chinese garlic seedlings suffer from frost during extreme winter weather
December 2020 – Cold weather earlier in the year delayed crop seasons in Chile and Peru.
April 2020 – Cold weather in the northwest region (USA) delayed the asparagus season for a whole month.
A decline in the soil temperature caused by frost and cold weather can increase plant stress. Injuries caused by these stress factors may result in the loss of early blossoms to the complete loss of crop hectares. It can also result in the slightly burned leaves to the death of plant tissues above and below soil level. Indirect losses can include delay in emergence, delayed maturation, reduced crop yield and/or quality.
Improving soil microbiome and potentiating a well-structured root system helps plants better resist and overcome these abiotic stressors. Ultimately, a strong foundation is critical to optimised crop production.
The initial step in improving the performance and optimising yield is to build healthy soil — soil with high organic content, a balanced structure and abundance of available nutrient.
Balanced, living soil microbiome increases nutrient availability, thus minimising the needed inputs, helping plants develop deeper roots and naturally become more resistant to affecting stressors.
Acknowledging that healthy and living soil is foundational for plants to fulfil their genetic potential, since 1994, Alltech Crop Science has based its research and innovation on the awareness and understanding of the microbial world underneath our feet.
Alltech Crop Science sol technologies promote plant production and increase growth, helping farmers grow bigger, better and more productive crops, maximising their crop yields.
Watch our latest ACS webinar on soil health that will take you over the benefits of good, healthy soil – bringing you key soil management practices that are sure to assist you in increasing soil health in a sustainable way.
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