Plant tissue analysis is an extremely helpful tool in determining the nutritional needs of plants. It directly indicates the exact amount of each mineral that the plant is removing from the soil and from fertilizer and accumulating in the leaves. Each analysis will represent a part of the overall crop-nutrition picture. Plant-tissue analysis is also a very effective way to determine if the current fertility program is efficient or if there are ways to modify it to achieve an increased benefit. Visual symptoms of mineral deficiencies are oftentimes a misleading method of diagnosing the nutritional status of plants because the symptoms of different nutrient deficiencies are similar in appearance. Also, non-nutritional problems can appear very similar to deficiencies.
Advantages of Albion's T.E.A.M.® Evaluation
Albion's unique program - Technical Evaluation of Albion Minerals (T.E.A.M.®) assists growers in the interpretation of plant tissue analysis results. Albion's T.E.A.M. analysis evaluates how much of each nutrient is found in the tissue and compares that finding against its optimal level. The T.E.A.M. program also measures the relationships between minerals by ranking minerals based on their limitation to optimal crop production.
Recommendations to correct nutrient deficiencies or imbalances are provided in your T.E.A.M. report. In the case of macronutrients (N, P, K, and S), foliar application of minerals should only be considered a supplement to the elements being supplied by the soil. In most cases, soil applications of these elements will be required in addition to the recommended foliar sprays.
The amount of Metalosate recommended by T.E.A.M. will be adequate to satisfy the needs of the crop at the time of analysis. This allows for more efficient translocation of the minerals within the plant tissue. It is best to split the T.E.A.M. recommendations into multiple applications made over a two to four week period.
When determining plant nutritional needs, plant tissue analysis can provide important information. The ability to accurately interpret the results of a tissue test is critical to success. Albion's unique T.E.A.M. reporting system provides you with all the necessary information you need to accurately diagnose and address specific nutritional problems.