The Four R’s of Nutrient Management in Almonds
Maximizing the use efficiency of applied nutrients in almonds will result in improved yields, reduced input costs and less potential for off-site movement into ground and surface water. Efficient nutrient management can be accomplished by following the Four R’s:
- Applying at the right rate – Matching tree and almond crop demand with supply, taking into consideration the contribution of nutrients from all sources, including fertilizer, organic nitrogen, water and soil.
- Applying at the right time – Spoon-fed applications during the growing season to maximize uptake and minimize loss potential.
- Applying in the right place – To ensure delivery to the active root zone.
- Using the right source – To maximize uptake and minimize loss potential.
The Nutrient Management module of the California Almond Sustainability Program is designed as a grower practice self-assessment, but also contains valuable educational information about nutrient management in almonds. For more information on CASP, go to Almonds.com/Sustainability.