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Features and Benefits of QLF’s Liquid Carbon-Based Fertilizer — L-CBF 7-21-3 MKP

September 29, 2023

Effective starter fertilizers require a precise balance of nutrients, as determined by a complete N-P-K analysis. Most agronomists recommend a higher phosphorus-to-nitrogen-and-potassium ratio to kickstart young plants. The L-CBF 7-21-3 MKP blend not only provides nitrogen and potassium but also strategically places soluble phosphorus where it’s needed. The careful placement of quality phosphorus is vital because phosphorus doesn’t readily move in soil, especially in cold and wet conditions, which are often the conditions farmers have to contend with. These conditions also hinder biological activity, which is why our QLF starter incorporates readily available carbon derived from sugar cane molasses, ensuring consistent and proven biological benefits. By applying 5 gallons per acre of L-CBF 7-21-3 MKP, you’re delivering nearly 4 pounds of plant sugar in a solution, providing an energy and carbohydrate boost to the soil biology in the root zone. This synergistic approach, combining liquid carbon with balanced nutrients, enhances nutrient utilization and reduces the risk of phosphorus immobilization in the soil.

A comprehensive liquid fertilizer package should work with soil biology.  The right balance of nutrients and ingredients is fundamental to the primary goal of this liquid starter: fostering a relationship with soil biology. The ideal approach involves channeling minerals through a carbon-based biological cycle, which is the preferred method for achieving nutrient efficiencies. In essence, the agricultural industry is increasingly recognizing the value of harnessing biology to enhance chemical processes. Recent years have witnessed the discovery and comprehension of various mechanisms that underscore the pivotal role of biology in nutrient recycling. In L-CBF 7-21-3 MKP, the biological components serve a dual purpose beyond nourishing soil microorganisms. The objective is to create an optimal beginning that nurtures healthy plants, thereby enabling them to release more root exudates and energy to support and sustain soil biology.

Concentrated liquid fertilizer products must be gentle, a constant topic of discussion in the industry. Ironically, the very salts that are essential nutrients can also have adverse effects by drawing water away from the application areas, potentially causing issues with seed germination and eventual root damage. Even though some seeds and plants can tolerate certain levels of fertilizer salts, there are measurable losses even with the lowest-salt-rated products. A noteworthy feature of QLF’s 7N – 21P – 3K Starter is its use of a unique orthophosphate in a solution called MKP (monopotassium phosphate), ensuring the efficient and safe delivery of nutrients from a highly concentrated P&K fertilizer source. The inclusion of sugar cane molasses as a bundling and buffering agent further guarantees the safe delivery of these nutrients to young seedlings. Using L-CBF 7-21-3 MKP as a base liquid starter fertilizer offers the benefits of consistent, uniform emergence and visible increases in robust and biologically active roots.

In Review & Summary. QLF Agronomy takes great care in blending a range of unique ingredients into a concentrated, convenient, and user-friendly package. As highlighted in this article, L-CBF 7-21-3 MKP embodies all the key characteristics of a high-quality liquid starter fertilizer: it’s gentle, balanced, and supports the life within the soil. The proven benefits are readily evident: healthier plant starts, more extensive root systems, increased seedling vigor, and quantifiable improvements in early crop performance, including greater biomass and nutrient accumulation. These features and benefits collectively contribute to a stronger yield, ensuring a favorable return on your investment from start to finish.

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