DDCROP 15-7-12

$1,250.00/t - Ex-Store

DDCrop is a compound fertiliser containing equal amounts of nutrient in every granule. DDCrop granules are uniform in size and dust free making them well suited for application through precision planters on higher value crops.

  • N:15%
  • P:6.5%
  • K:12%
  • S:5%
  • Ca:1%
  • Mg:1%

Why Use DDCrop?

DDCrop is well suited to be used as a starter fertiliser on higher value crops that have a requirement for nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and sulphur. As a compound fertiliser DDCrop is suitable for use through precision planters. DDCrop contains nutrients in the following forms:

  • Fast acting and plant available nitrate nitrogen and ammonium nitrogen
  • Plant available water-soluble phosphate
  • Water-soluble readily available potassium chloride
  • Plant available sulphate
  • Also contains calcium and plant available magnesium

Products FAQs

When to Use

Autumn, Spring

Precautions

  • Avoid applications on chloride sensitive crops

Nitrogen's Role in Plants

  • Nitrogen is always the nutrient in highest demand by plants, due to the greater content of nitrogen present on a dry weight basis in comparison to any other nutrient.
  • Nitrogen is a primary component of amino acids which are the building blocks of proteins. Thus, by adding nitrogen to soil the protein content in plants is increased.
  • Nitrogen is part of the chlorophyll molecule, and a part of numerous enzymes and coenzymes. Chlorophyll is responsible for photosynthesis, where sunlight is absorbed and stored in the plant as sugars and proteins.
  • Therefore, nitrogen is an integral part of photosynthesis.
  • Signs of nitrogen deficiency – reduced plant growth, yellowing of the leaf, early crop maturing.

Phosphorus's Role in Plants

  • The most important role of phosphorus is the storage and transfer of energy that is generated through photosynthesis along with the metabolism of carbohydrates.
  • Phosphorus is an essential compound of Adenosine Triphosphate (ADP), the energising component driving plant development.
  • Phosphorus deficiency has a huge impact on plant growth and reproduction, reducing the plant processes noted below.
  • Processes aided by phosphorus:
    • Large root growth
    • Early formation of plant shoots
    • Improved stalk and stem strength in crops
    • Improved fruit, vegetable, and grain quality
    • Seed formation
    • Resistance to moisture and colder temperatures

Potassium’s Role in Plants

  • The main role played by potassium in plants is the balancing of negative charge from anions such as nitrate and sulphate.
  • Potassium is required for protein and starch synthesis and is involved in activating enzyme systems within the plant.
  • Potassium enhances plant quality through shape, size, vigour, and strength.
  • Grasses and clover compete for potassium, therefore low potassium pasture has no clover present and high potassium pasture has a strong presence of both grass and clover.

Sulphur's Role in Plants

  • Sulphur is essential in forming plant protein as it is present in cysteine and methionine, two vital amino acids involved in protein synthesis.
  • Key component of coenzymes and vitamins, involved in energy transfer and lipid synthesis.
  • Some sulphur compounds are responsible for the taste and smell of plants, like onions.
  • Sulphur amino acids are at high levels in animal fibres, therefore sufficient sulphur is required for good wool production.
  • Promotes nodule formation in legumes
  • Signs of sulphur deficiency – light green to yellowish coloured young leaves, reduced plant growth rates, plants that are short, small and slender.

Calcium’s Role in Plants

  • Calcium is vital for both plant and animal growth
  • An essential part of the plant cell wall and membranes, aiding in plant structure and stability
  • Earthworm activity is increased by the presence of calcium in the soil profile, therefore natural soil aeration is also increased
  • Boosts soil microorganism activity, improving soil structure
  • Calcium deficiency affects fruit crop quality and growth, and limits biological activity
  • Calcium and magnesium work in synergy to promote stable soil structure
  • Involved in the signalling of the availability of other nutrients (e.g. potassium), through its secondary messenger characteristics
  • Assists in protecting the plant from biotic stresses

Magnesium’s Role in Plants

  • Critical for both plant and animal growth, with deficiencies noticed in the animal before the plant
  • Assists in plant defence processes against abiotic stresses
  • Magnesium is the central core of the chlorophyll molecule – therefore its presence is vital for photosynthesis
  • Low levels of plant intake can lead to hypomagnesaemia in livestock, especially during the winter/early spring months
  • Magnesium is very mobile in the plant and aids in numerous plant processes such as enzyme activation and phosphate metabolism, as it acts as a phosphorus carrier
  • Magnesium and calcium working in synergy to promote stable soil structure