Cotton is one of China’s necessary cash crops, with a long growth cycle and a requirement for large amounts of fertiliser. RLF focuses on a good fertiliser program for cotton growers, and this has helped them improve their yield further. This too, effectively increases their income.
The RLF nutrition program consists of BSN Seed Priming fertiliser with ultra foliar Broadacre Plus, a broad spectrum foliar fertiliser containing 12 essential nutrients. It has been promoted in the cotton-growing areas for many years, and has effectively achieved regular seedling emergence, strong resistance to pests and diseases, increased yield and with it, greater income. It is highly praised by cotton growers.
A Success Story
Previously, Mr Wang, a cotton grower in Xinjiang Province in the northwest of China, trialled the RLF ‘seed priming + Ultra 12 foliar’ program on a small scale, and the effect was noticeable. He then expanded to 180 mu in 2020, and the RLF Technical Team tracked the program to gauge both effects and success.
|Location||No 29 farm, Alar City, Xinjiang Province|
|Trial Program||Application Time||Products and Method Used|
|Before sowing||1kg seed + 6ml BSN + 15ml water, mixing, then drying the seed|
|Bud stage||Broadacre Plus 50g/mu, foliar spray|
|Blooming stage||Broadacre Plus 50g/mu, foliar spray|
|Boll Stage||Broadacre Plus 50g/mu, foliar spray|
Showing the Effects and Comparisons
The BSN Seed Priming fertiliser provides the nutrition for the first four weeks of the cotton crops growth. It eliminates the differences between seeds, improves seed vigour, enhances bud potential, and achieves root strength and seedling uniformity, laying a solid foundation for growth.
It can be seen from the comparison that after using BSN Seed fertiliser, the primary roots of the cotton seedlings were longer, and the number of lateral roots capillary roots was greater.
Compared with the Control crop, the cotton in the RLF-treated area showed early flowering and early boll. So, the specialty fertiliser program shows that it is beneficial to the maturity of cotton boll, and this could increase the weight of the single boll.
|Control 1||609.3g||RLF-treated 1||618.4g|
|Control 2||619.1g||RLF-treated 2||637.4g|
The weight of single boll in the RLF Trial crop was, on average, 0.14g heavier than that in the Control crop.
According to the yield measurement calculation, the RLF crop nutrition cotton program can increase the yield by about 10kg compared with that of the Control crop. By using last year’s purchase price of 7 yuan/kg, per mu as a guide, the increase in income would be in the order of 70 yuan.
The net cost per mu is 15 yuan, so the net increase is 55 yuan per mu. By this measure, Mr Wang could achieve a net gain of 9900 yuan for his 180mu Trial crop when compared to the income of the Control.
|Plants per mu||Average bolls Number plants||Average weight of each boll (g)||Yield per mu (kg)||Increased yield per mu (kg)||Increased income per mu (yuan)|