Effect of potassium acetate on sugar beets late season plant health.
Potassium is an essential nutrient in sugar beet production as it plays a major role in the translocation of sugars and helps prevent energy loss in the plant by reducing respiration. A late season deficiency can reduce the overall quality and yields of sugar beets. 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 that a foliar application of potassium in an acetate form increases RWST. Application timing was 12-leaf followed by 30 days prior to harvest. 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 its 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.