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<![CDATA[Most months, Cannabis Business Times brings readers the feature “Cultivation Matters,” a recurring series focusing on plant cultivation by researchers from North Carolina State University that can steer growers toward successful operations. Understanding micro- and macronutrients, for example, and their roles in helping plants grow properly to complete their lifecycles, equips cultivators with the knowledge to produce healthy plants with optimal yields. Biological controls, plant oddities, plant physiology, nutrient lockout, fertility management, water quality and the like are explored and explained in this series. Well-versed cultivators who just need a refresher as well as less experienced growers who are just getting going can both benefit from findings to reduce their trial-and-error growing pains. For in-depth analysis, findings and best practices, read the following “Cultivation Matters” articles previously published in Cannabis Business Times: What To Do When Micronutrients Become Macro Problems (August 2021)Plants require certain micro and macronutrients to thrive. Although plants do not need micronutrients in the same concentration as the meat-and-potatoes macronutrients, they are just as important for plant growth, development and biomass production. Micronutrients iron (Fe), boron (B), manganese (Mn), zinc (Zn), copper (Cu), and molybdenum (Mo) are all essential to produce healthy plants. With the recommended rates of micronutrients being smaller in comparison to macronutrients (nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), potassium (K), calcium (Ca), magnesium (Mg), and sulfur (S)), it is easy for growers to overapply them. But just because plants require these essential elements in lesser amounts doesn’t mean an imbalance won’t have an outsize impact on crop health and yield. Excess application of micronutrients can cause nutrient antagonism and imbalance, which limits nutrient concentration and uptake, meaning key elements are unavailable to plants. There is a specific range where micronutrient fertility is optimized, but not overapplied.The entire article can be read here. How Biological Controls Can Help You…

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