Organic Fertilizer for Corn: A Growers Guide

Want to learn more about organic fertilizer for corn? Are you an existing corn farmer looking to switch to organics? Read on!

Organic Fertilizer for Corn

The Organic Difference

What sets Organics apart from other fertilizers? Foliar feeding! Liquid 2-4-1 makes an excellent organic fertilizer for corn because it can be applied directly to leaves. Research shows that foliar feeding can be up to 20 times more efficient than other application methods. Then there’s the cost difference. It costs less because of the efficiency of foliar feeding. In fact, you can sometimes treat an entire acre for less than $30. That’s great right?

Finally, I wanted to speak for a moment on the long-term benefits. Organics helps to feed the soil bacteria. Over time, this will unlock inorganic sources of nitrogen. Therefore, your need for fertilizer decreases over time. Sounds like a winning strategy for corn, right? Let’s look at some specific application techniques next.

General Fertilization Requirements for Corn

Initially, corn needs some phosphorus and potassium. However, nitrogen is the heavy hitter here. You want to have plenty of bioavailable nitrogen in the soil. Corn just eats it up! An effective strategy involves limiting runoff which can leach nitrogen away. Soil leaching is especially bad in sandy soils. So, be sure to keep a close eye on your corn plants. Corn with a nitrogen deficiency might have light green leaves. They may fade all the way to yellow in some cases depending on how bad it gets. You will notice this first in the older leaves. Fortunately, these symptoms can be reversed quickly with an application of Liquid Organic Fertilizer for Corn.

Foliar Application Guide

Combine 1 gallon of all-purpose organic fertilizer and 30 gallons of water. Next, apply as a fine mist. Use enough solution to thoroughly cover leaves. Increase spray volume as crop develops. This will ensure thorough coverage. Perform your first application when plants are 4-6” tall. Repeat when plants are 18-24” tall. You should increase the application rate if leaves are chlorotic. Be sure to spread out your applications by 10 days. If your soil is worn out, you might need higher rates of application. Lower dilution rates are more effective than higher dilution rates. Two or three lighter applications may be more effective than one heavy application. Do not exceed a 4 percent dilution rate (4 gallons organic fertilizers to 96 gallons of water).

Banded Application of AGGRAND Organic Fertilizer for Corn

Add two gallons of 2-4-1 to 50 gallons of water. Apply at planting. The addition of 1 gallon Liquid Bonemeal may be beneficial, especially when soil phosphorus levels are below 30 ppm.

There you have it! You’re all set to pick up some fertilizer from our store and get your corn started this week! Let us know if we can be of assistance in the ordering process. You can reach out to sales@fertilizerforless.com for help.