A new study has found that the application of fertilizers rich in calcium, magnesium and zinc can vastly improve the growth of potatoes as well as other tubers. Conducted by Egypt’s Mansoura University (www.Mans.edu.eg), the groundbreaking research was published this month in the Journal of Plant Production, an Egypt Scientific Magazine.
“These findings provide valuable insights, especially for potato farmers looking to optimize their crop yields,” M.K.F. El- Tawashy, who headed the research team, said.
“We hope our research will contribute to the development of more effective fertilization strategies for potato production, which can benefit the agricultural industry as a whole,” s/he added.
Better quality, better quantity
The research was done by a team of scientists from Egypt’s Mansoura University, who tested the effects of BRANDT Manni-Plex Ca-Mag and BRANDT Manni-Plex Ca-Zn on potato growth and productivity.
The study found that the foliar application of calcium- and magnesium-rich fertilizers – especially in newly reclaimed soil – greatly enhanced the size of potato yields. According to the study’s findings, improvements were seen in terms of both number and weight.
“This can lead to increased profitability by enhancing both the quantity and quality of the potatoes, which can then be sold at higher prices,” M.K.F. El- Tawashy said.
“The study highlights the importance of using the right fertilizers and application methods,” s/he added, “which can help farmers reduce costs associated with inefficient fertilization techniques.”