Originally Posted by Limeygreen
I am curious about potassium and silica solubilizers in the soil as well as the n fixers, not just aminos but while you are moving your saturations of ca and k around, do they need to be bumped up or built up in a slow ramp kind of way to aid in the uptake of the nutrients? When increasing your Calicum and then decreasing it do you also play with the boron in the same fashion to help limit the uptake or increase it or does cause too much of a change where you're better off just leaving it at a good level instead?
Ca and B work together. Think of Ca as the bricks for construction and B as the cement to hold them together. One can't go without the other.
Just be very careful with B. There is a magic line where high levels can easily turn toxic. I have no idea how you even get started looking at an issue like Ca/B without a good and proper soil analysis. (and the last place I would ever send soil is Logan for this very specific element B)
I can take you to several large grape farms here in Peru. Neighbors all of them. When you drive in prior to harvest, you see who knew what they are doing and then it is real clear who has little clue.
Who decides at the end of the day who was right or wrong?
The consumer does!
And it is quite clear how the consumer responds to a well grown crop.
When you increase your Ca and then decrease it, the decrease is from pushing in K. One meq of one cation element pushes out one meq of another cation. The classic battle is Ca against K.
And yes, if I need more B, I am not shy about adding it.
Farming is not easy. Anyone that thinks it is may not learn that lesson the first year, maybe even the second. But the time will come. For the thousands of acres of avocado in California that I am now working on, these guys were all coasters. Living off the grace of the land. Their soils suck now. Completely screwed up. Result? One year there is production, the next year not. Imagine that one folks! Mother nature has a terrible way of catching up with those that refuse to understand balance.