Potassium deficiency made worse by

  • Acidic soils (low pH)
  • Sandy or light soils (leaching)
  • Drought conditions
  • High rainfall (leaching)
  • or heavy irrigation
  • Heavy clay (illite) soils
  • Soils with low K reserves
  • Magnesium rich soils

Potassium is important for

  • Productive growth, i
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  • quick canopy closure, strong stalk development, big root mass
  • High yield and sugar quality
  • Essential for plant water use efficiency
  • Improves plant tolerance to pests, diseases and to lodging