Benefits of Potassium for Corn Production
February 17, 2020 | By Rupp Seeds
Potassium (K) is a macronutrient for corn as the plant takes up large amounts throughout the growing season. While K is not used by the plant as a building block for organic compounds, it functions as an activator for many enzymes and metabolic pathways, including those for photosynthesis and protein and starch formation in grain. Potassium plays a role in the flow of water, nutrients, and carbohydrates within the plant. It plays a role in the regulation of stomata closing and opening, thus impacting the exchange of water and gases. Additionally, K is key for cell wall strength and cellulose production. Good K fertility is associated with strong cell walls that enhance disease resistance and the ability of the crop to maintain firm, healthy stalks.
SeedSCOOP - Benefits of Potassium for Corn Production
Learn more about the importance of potassium, fertilizer sources and the factors that impact potassium uptake in this issue of SeedSCOOP.