Plantation crop refers to monoculture crops which are cultivated on an extensive scale over a large. Because of their large size, a plantation can take advantage of economies of scale. It is crucial to maintain adequate nutrition programs to ensure high productivity, reduce losses, pollution and to take advantage of good management practices to replenish soil fertility.
Tea - Tea growers often find that their crops suffer from a lack of zinc and/or copper. A common reason for a zinc deficiency is that tea cannot readily absorb zinc from the soil. A foliar application of IndiPlex Zn or Solar Zn is the most effective solution. Copper is also important for tea. It is an essential constituent of the enzyme polyphenol oxidase, which, eventually, helps to produce the desired flavour and colour characteristics of black tea. Applications of IndiPlex Cu or Solar Cu in the period prior to plucking can ensure elevated levels of copper in the leaves.
Sugar Cane - Sugar cane crops can only be effectively fertilised at early growth stages due to the practical implications of applying fertiliser. However, there is an increasing area of irrigated crops through which Fusion NPK soluble fertilisers can be applied, which leads to higher yields and more efficient fertiliser use.
Coffee - Applying micronutrient fertilisers either as foliar sprays or through irrigation systems in coffee plantations can help to “fine tune” the coffee tree’s needs. For example, boron and calcium need to be at certain levels before the tree flowers so that a strong healthy bean is formed. Boron availability from soil applied fertilisers is problematic, particularly if it is dependent on rainfall. However Solar B or IndiPlex B and Nutrical can be injected into the irrigation system and watered onto the tree’s root zone for immediate uptake.
Oil Palm & Rubber - Depending on the crop development stage foliar applications of Fusion NPK soluble fertilisers can promote healthy, vigorous plants and maintain high yield well into maturity.