As we turn the calendar to June, some of the differences in our starter fertilizer plots are becoming evident. As most who use starter fertilizer can attest too, the plants with starter fertilizer tend to show more growth early on compared to where no starter has been applied. Our plots at the research farm are showing this to be the case again this year with an almost 8 inch difference in plant height where starter has been applied compared to where none was applied. Not only are the plants taller but the leaves are wider and longer which helps the plant to capture more sunlight and shade the row quicker. We’ll keep you posted on the progress of our plots throughout the season as well as timely tips to help you get the most out of your 2018 crop so stay tuned!

Derek Porter


Left- No Starter Fertilizer                                                           Right- 3.5 gallon 3-18-18-1 with 1 quart of zinc