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To maximize yield and crop quality, cereals need nutrients — especially nitrogen. But when it comes to fertilizer, the rule of thumb is quality, not quantity, as too much applied N and K will simply get lost to the soil. To ensure your plants are getting the nutrients they need, try our nutrient use efficiency products made just for cereals. Contact a Verdesian Specialist to learn more about our solutions for cereals, including winter wheat.


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    Ask a Specialist

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    Broadcast

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    Fertigation

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    Foliar

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    In-Furrow

  • Post-harvest

    Post-harvest

  • Seed Treatments & Inoculants

    Seed Treatments & Inoculants


  • Aqua-Pam™

    Aqua-Pam™ is a soil surfactant and water retention aid that improves soil structure, water supply to roots and nutrient use efficiency.

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  • AVAIL®

    AVAIL® Phosphorus Fertilizer Enhancer reduces the fixation of applied phosphorus, keeping more available for plant uptake and improving fertilizer ROI.

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    • In-Furrow
    • Post-harvest
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  • AVAIL® T5

    AVAIL® T5 Phosphorus Fertilizer Enhancer reduces the fixation of applied phosphorus, keeping more available for plant uptake and improving fertilizer ROI.

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    • In-Furrow
    • Post-harvest
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  • CITRON®

    CITRON® Water Herbicide Adjuvant boosts herbicide efficiency and can be used in conjunction with most contact herbicides.

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  • Diamond Brand® Ferrous Sulfate

    Diamond Brand® Ferrous Sulfate is produced to meet exact specifications for quality and consistency in plant health technologies.

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  • Fungi-Phite® Cereals

    Fungi-Phite® Cereals is a fast-acting, flexible phosphite fungicide proven to fight and prevent fusarium head blight in wheat and barley crops.

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    • Fertigation
    • Foliar
    • In-Furrow
    • Post-harvest
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  • More Than Manure®

    More Than Manure® Nutrient Manager reduces farm odors while protecting your manure’s phosphorus and nitrogen for improved plant uptake.

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  • NUE-Charge® G

    NUE-Charge® G provides long-lasting protection of treated granular nitrogen fertilizers, enhancing nitrogen use efficiency.

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    • Fertigation
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    • Post-harvest
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  • Nutri-Phite®

    By slowing the oxidation of phosphorus, Nutri-Phite® enhances nutrient uptake to improve plant health and vigor, leading to increased yield potential.

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    • Fertigation
    • Foliar
    • Post-harvest
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  • NutriSphere-N®

    NutriSphere-N® Nitrogen Fertilizer Manager keeps more nitrogen available for plant uptake and inhibits all three forms of N loss.

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    • Fertigation
    • Foliar
    • In-Furrow
    • Post-harvest
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  • NutriSphere-N® HV

    NutriSphere-N® Nitrogen Fertilizer Manager keeps more nitrogen available for plant uptake and inhibits all three forms of N loss.

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  • PolyAmines

    PolyAmines are amino acid chelated micronutrients designed to prevent or correct trace element deficiencies at all stages of plant growth.

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    • Foliar
    • In-Furrow
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  • Primacy ALPHA®

    Primacy ALPHA® works inside the plant to stimulate the efficient assimilation and utilization of nutrients for a more consistent quality and yield in flowering and fruit size.

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    • Fertigation
    • Foliar
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  • Safe Zone™

    Safe Zone™ is a liquid soil treatment to reduce soluble salts in the root zone, improving germination, water percolation and nutrient uptake.

    • Fertigation
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  • Sterics®

    Sterics® delivers soil-applied nutrients that delay the chemical fixation reactions between phosphorus, potassium and sulfur in alkaline/acidic soils.

    • Fertigation
    • In-Furrow
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  • Take Off®

    Take Off® is a revolutionary nitrogen-management technology that accelerates nutrient acquisition and assimilation as well as nitrogen use efficiency.

    • Fertigation
    • Foliar
    • In-Furrow
    • Post-harvest
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  • Take Off® LS

    Take Off® LS is a revolutionary nitrogen-management technology that accelerates nutrient acquisition and assimilation as well as nitrogen use efficiency.

    • Fertigation
    • Foliar
    • In-Furrow
    • Post-harvest
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  • Take Off® ST

    Take Off ST® is a seed treatment that helps growers maximize yield potential by accelerating germination, emergence and nitrogen uptake.

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  • Tuxedo®

    Tuxedo® is a micronutrient seed treatment for cereals and pulses. It’s compatible with most standard insecticide and fungicide seed treatments.

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Key Considerations for Cereal Crops


Nutrient Management

Nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus are the three most important nutrients for successful growth in cereal crops. However, it isn’t enough to apply fertilizer and hope for the best — cereals can only take up so much nitrogen and potassium, and any excess will simply be lost through fixation or leaching. For optimal results, both nitrogen and potassium need efficiency increases, like that provided by our nutrient use efficiency products listed above.

By improving plant metabolism or reducing fixation, our lineup of nutrient use efficiency products can help increase nutrient uptake, getting your cereals more of the nutrients they need for optimal growth, and helping you maximize your fertilizer ROI.

Soil and Temperature Requirements

Cereals can grow in many soils, but these crops do best in fertile soils that have a good structure and a subsoil porous enough for their deep roots.

Depending on the variety, cereal crops can be very sensitive to frost, so it’s important to plant in warm soil and harvest early, before the weather turns.

Pest Management

Weeds commonly compete with wheat crops for resources, and all cereal crops are also highly susceptible to insect and disease damage. To combat pest and disease pressure, herbicides, pesticides and fungicides as part of an integrated pest management program are recommended.


Key Nutrients


  • Nitrogen —For yield, quality and to achieve max economic return, nitrogen is key. Apply early for best results, but split applications can also be beneficial. However, more nitrogen applied doesn’t necessarily mean more uptake. Often, additional applications can increase N lost to the soil, so finding ways to increase nitrogen efficiency can yield a greater ROI than fertilizer.
  • Potassium — Needed almost as much as nitrogen, but most potassium is found in the leaves and other areas besides the seed. This is why, like nitrogen, potassium needs efficiency increases rather than more applied K.
  • Phosphorus — Key for rapid, early growth as well as maturity and root growth.
  • Zinc, Copper, Manganese and other micronutrients — Important, but not as critical for growth as N, P and K.

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