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Annual leguminous crops such as soybeans and green beans respond to light pre-plant soil and foliar fertilizer applications. Beans may not respond to additions of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, especially in certain soil conditions. Beans are able to modify their own root environment to maximize nutrient uptake, especially when the soil pH is 6.0-6.5 and microbes are active in the soil. In addition, legumes respond to low soil nitrogen levels by increasing root nodulation. Symbiotic bacteria in the nodules fix nitrogen from the atmosphere, so increased nodulation supplies the nitrogen necessary for plant growth and development. Make sure the soil has been inoculated with the correct Rhizobium bacteria to maximize nitrogen fixation. Under most soil conditions a pre-plant application of AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer in combination with one or two foliar applications of either AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer or AGGRAND Natural Kelp and Sulfate of Potash is an adequate supplement. A banded application of AGGRAND Natural Liquid Bonemeal or AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer may be beneficial on cold, wet soils or soils that are low in nitrogen, phosphorus or potassium.
1 quart AGGRAND Natural Kelp and Sulfate of Potash and 1 gallon AGGRAND Natural Liquid Bonemeal to 25 gallons of water. Apply once a month.
1 gallon AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer to 40 gallons of water. Apply as a fine mist with enough solution to thoroughly cover leaves (increase spray volume as crop develops to ensure thorough coverage). If sufficient nitrogen is present (indicated by dark green leaves), substitute 1 quart AGGRAND Natural Kelp and Sulfate of Potash and 20 gallons of water. Perform first application when plants are 3-5” in height.
Repeat two to three weeks before first bloom when tiny hairs on the terminal leaves give plants a shiny appearance.
A third application to fresh-market green beans before the second flush of blooms stimulates the development of pods during late summer and early fall.
Rates vary according to soil fertility and other inputs used. Higher dilution rates are more effective than lower dilution rates. Two or three lighter applications may be more effective than one heavy application. If other constraints only allow one trip over the field, do not exceed a 3% dilution rate (3 gallons of AGGRAND fertilizers to 97 gallons of water).
To reduce susceptibility to attack of insects and disease-causing organisms, apply a per-acre mixture of 1 quart AGGRAND Natural Kelp and Sulfate of Potash and 20 gallons of water when signs of infestation become apparent.
2 gallons AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer and 40 gallons of water. Apply solution in spring or fall. Apply in spring and fall if soil is hard and low in organic matter, otherwise one pre-plant application is sufficient. Optimize results by adding 2 gallons AGGRAND Natural Liquid Bonemeal, 2 quarts AGGRAND Natural Kelp and Sulfate of Potash and another 40-50 gallons of water to the mix.