Quality is determined by the balance during every growth stage of the crop. It all begins with and in the soil - balanced chemistry, physiology and biology. Then there is the balance in the conditions for the early development of the crop - are the right minerals present and available, such as phosphate, boron, zinc, manganese, ammonia, calcium etc. Weather conditions play a major part, but unfortunately they are beyond our control. That makes it even more important to consider the conditions we can control!
Balance during the growing season, when the products are formed is absolutely crucial - can we ensure the crop grows evenly with sufficient nutrients and water. The external input of the right form of minerals has an important share. Nitrogen and potassium in particular are the main elements when it comes to bulking out fruit. Finally, there is ripening, the closing stages of growth when the product stores all its energy and passes it on to the next chain in the process, be that humans, animals or a multiplication phase.
Calcium is perhaps the most important mineral that forms the basis for quality. It is the "gatekeeper" for every other mineral that is absorbed by the plant. The availability of calcium determines the availability of the other minerals in the soil to a large extent. The importance of the right soil chemistry is important too, as calcium is the main element within the chemical soil balance. Often available in large amounts in clay soils, and in very small amounts in sandy soils. N-xt Fertilizers is one of the few manufacturers that has developed a calcium product that does not react with other minerals in the soil but remains available to the plant. N-xt has demonstrated that it can make an important contribution to the quality of products and the operation of the soil processes.