Unlock the secrets to boosting cotton yield with our guide on optimal fertilizer use for healthy growth and bountiful harvests.
DAP or Diammonium phosphate is a complex fertilizer that is widely used because of its balanced nutrient content and versatility. It has a solid granular form (small round pellets), and the best part is that many industry experts recommend its usage for better yield and cost-cutting. And that’s what makes it even more interesting to know about, so let’s discuss what DAP fertilizer is.
Nitrogen (N) and Phosphorus (P) are the two most important macronutrients that support plant growth. In a DAP fertilizer, these are present in the form of ammonium nitrogen and phosphate ions. Let’s examine its composition in detail.
Ammonium cation (NH4+) makes up 18% of the total composition of DAP fertilizer. Generally, nitrate is the preferred source of nitrogen for plant uptake, and ammonium is easily converted into it (during nitrification). The ammonium form of nitrogen provides a dynamic supply and balanced nutrient profile essential for plant growth.
Phosphate ions makeup 46% of the DAP fertilizer and can promote cell division, flowering, and water solubility. This is because plants need Phosphorus in almost every stage, right from root development to cell division and even flowering.
Here are some of the advantages of using DAP fertilizers.
The sufficient supply of N and P in DAP ensures a strong root system and a better nutrient uptake. Moreover, an adequate amount of Phosphorus enhances the stress tolerance of the plant, which eventually helps farmers achieve quality crops.
Because of its granular form, it is easy to handle, measure, and broadcast. The farmers can even ensure its uniform application by using simple equipment such as spreaders. Hence, it does not require complex or expensive equipment for application.
DAP or (Nh4) 2HPO4 fertilizers can be used for different types of crops, such as rice, tomato, potato, etc., and even for varying soil types. Eventually, this versatility helps farmers lower their expenditure in buying specific fertilizers for each crop individually. Additionally, the DAP fertilizers are stable at room temperature and are less likely to lose their potency while they are stored for 6 months at least.
In conclusion, DAP fertilizers play an important role in plant growth by providing them with necessary nutrients in the right proportions. Even some shreds of evidence support N and P’s synergistic effect in improving the overall growth of crops. However, when choosing the right DAP fertilizer for operations, aspects such as cost, soil type, pH, and crop requirement must be considered carefully.
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