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Late Season Plant Health in Sugar Beets Enhanced by Potassium Acetate

Posted on March 01, 2023

Planting season is just around the corner, and with that comes nutrient decisions for the entire growing season.  

In sugar beet production, potassium is an essential nutrient as it plays a major role in the translocation of sugars and helps prevent energy loss in the plant by reducing respiration. A deficiency in this essential nutrient can lead to issues for the crop and lead to an overall reduction of quality and yields for the season. Plan now to protect plant health and increase yields for harvest.

Plant Health Proven by Research 

The Andersons conducted trials in Michigan and the central Red River Valley with the goal of improving late-season plant health through the application of potassium acetate.  

Results from the research trials demonstrate a foliar application of potassium in acetate form increases recoverable white sugar per ton (RWST). Foliar fertilizer applications were made at the 12-leaf stage followed by another application 30 days prior to harvest.  


Foliar Application 

In the trial, The Andersons Korrect® and Korrect Plus were applied. Both products are highly available mild forms of potassium which are particularly well suited for foliar feeding for all types of crops and may be soil applied. With a pH of 7.3 and salt index of 26, there is little danger of burn to plant leaves and foliage. Korrect and Korrect Plus are clear, true solutions with no particulate matter, which mix readily in water. The natural organic carrier enhances receptivity by plants. The products contain no chlorides or ammonium (NH4) forms of nitrogen.  

Potassium acetate is the most available form of potassium to use in a foliar application. Translocating sugars in the plant helps lead to increased yield and RWST. 

Learn More about Foliar Programs from The Andersons  

Ready to learn more about foliar programs from The Andersons? Be sure to download our High Yield Program for sugar beets to discover the benefits to a properly timed nutrient management program and how it is essential to maximizing yields at harvest. 

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