• Recognize Nutrient Deficiencies

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    Nutrient deficiency is one of many factors that can affect soybean plant growth and development throughout the growing season. Soybean plant age, environmental conditions, and soybean product selection can all impact the nutrient deficiency symptoms you may observe in the field. Nutrient deficiencies are one of the causes of leaf discoloration and/or chlorosis observed in soybean fields at this time of the year. This article describes symptoms of some of the most common nutrient deficiencies in soybeans to help you to understand some of the symptoms you may be seeing out in your field.

    If you eat a balanced, whole-food diet like the one described in my nutrition plan, you’re probably giving your body more-than-adequate amounts of the vitamins and minerals it needs to function.

    If not (and this applies to the majority of the U.S. population), there’s a good chance your body is lacking in important nutrients. Even if you do eat well, other factors – such as your age and certain health conditions (digestive issues and others) – can impact your body’s ability to absorb the nutrients in your food.

    5 Signs Your Body May Be Nutrient Deficient

    If you’ve noticed a mysterious health symptom that has no apparent cause, it’s worth considering whether a nutrient deficiency may be to blame. Q for Equinox recently shared 5 examples to watch for. As Dr. Susan Blum, founder of the Blum Center for Health, said:

    “You may not get a disease but you can end up with …

    Our experts from K+S KALI GmbH are available to support agriculturists in the identification of nutrient deficiencies. The “Deficiency Symptom ABC” on our website ( provides valuable information on how to recognize, correct and prevent nutrition deficits in various crops. The site has been optimized for mobile use via Smartphone or tablet, and can therefore be accessed directly on site, in the field. An important factor in the identification of nutrient deficiencies is whether predominantly older or younger leaves of a plant are affected. Some nutrients, such as potassium or magnesium, are highly mobile within a plant. If need be, they are quickly transported to younger parts of a plant, resulting in deficiency symptoms mainly on older leaves. An undersupply of sulphur, manganese or boron, however, will initially show on young leaves. Within the plant, these nutrients are relatively immobile. Newly developed plant growth in particular becomes lacking of sufficient quantities of these nutrients, and plants will therefore show light coloured spots or speckles on leaves (chlorosis) or dieback of plant tissue (necrosis).

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