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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Nutrient review so far.

National Weather Service Precipitation for last 60 days. Southern IL shows dry.

From Matt Nillson -- "Crops and Soils" His source is North Carolina Dept of Ag and Consumer Services.

Carbon - Comes from Carbon dioxide in the air. It seems the supply is increasing. Carbon is a component of carbohydrates.

Hydrogen maintains the osmotic balance and is also a main part of carbohydrates; comes from water.

Oxygen - a constituent of carbohydrates- comes from air and water.

Nitrogen - comes from organic matter and or fertilizer as well as air. It is a constituent of proteins, chlorophyll, and nucleic acids.

Phosphorous - is a constituent of proteins, coenzymes, nucleic acids, and metabolic substrates. It is important in energy transfer. Comes from organic matter, soil minerals, and fertilizer.

Potassium is involved in photosynthesis, carbohydrate translocation, protein synthesis and a long list of other processes. It comes from soil minerals, organic matter and fertilizer.

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