Agrichem Enhance KCS
Concentrated Silica, Calcium & Potassium suspension to increase plant tolerance to salinity, enhance disease & pest resistance, improves shelf life & quality of fruit & vegetables
NPKS 2-0-5-4 + 7% Calcium, 11% Silica
BENEFITS OF ENHANCE KCS
• Highly micronised, controlled released, low salt index, Potassium, Calcium and Silica. Suitable for all crops.
• Optimises plant response to salinity & high sodium chloride in soils.
• Aids in stress mitigation.
• Reduces plant water demand in dry soils whilst increasing yield.
• Enhance shelf life & quality of fruit & grain through stronger cell structures & enhanced disease resistance.
• Reduces the incidences of blossom end rot and bitter pit.
• It improves the soil health by binding the free aluminium within the soil and reducing the impact in water stress.
• When applied as foliar it mitigates heat stress and improves water use sufficiencies.
THE IMPORTANCE OF SILICA
Like other elements, silicon plays a vital role in plant physiology. The range of silicon in plant tissue is approximately 0.1 to 10 %. Silicon enters plants and accumulates around the epidermis of roots and shoots. Silicon forms a gel and associates with calcium and pectins to stabilise cell walls, increasing a plant’s ability to handle stress conditions. Silicon improves plant cell strength and structure, reducing lodging of cereals and sugar cane. Studies have shown Silica to alleviate the negative effects of numerous abiotic stresses, including salt, water heat, cold and heavy metals.
THE IMPORTANCE OF CALCIUM
Calcium is required for the cellulose precursors for cell wall formation. It also stabilises cell membranes and protects them – an important attribute under stress conditions. In fruit crops it is required in high quantities and is important for fruit quality and shelf life. It is also known that when plants are threatened by infection, calcium binds to a protein called calmodulin that prompts plants to manufacture salicylic acid (SA), a close chemical relative of aspirin. SA acts as a signal molecule that kicks off a series of reactions that help defend against external threats (SAR response). Calcium also has a role to play in sodic and saline soils by displacing the sodium ions from the soil particles. THE
IMPORTANCE OF POTASSIUM
Potassium regulates water, electrolytes and turgidity of plant cells. In conjunction with Silicon, the 2 elements work synergistically controlling water relations and reducing plant water demand and increasing tolerance to drought. Potassium is also vital for cell division, protein and carbohydrate formation, and thus fruit quality. Lack of potassium when the plant is young cannot be compensated for later.