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Some Important Benefits of Wetting Agent in Crop Production

June 30, 2022

A wetting agent is a type of surface-active chemical used to lower water's surface tension. The high surface tension of water is a concern in many applications where water must spread and penetrate. 

The primary goal of the wetting agent is to decrease the surface tension of the water. Even pure water has high surface tension. This surface tension of water can create problems in different industrial processes where liquid solutions are widely used as the solution that cannot wet the surface where it is applied. 

Wetting agents are extensively utilized to decrease the surface tension of water and therefore help the liquid-based solution spread. 

Wetting agent forms with a combination of different chemical that helps water to enter and retain in water repellent soils.

Many farmers use wetting agents in plants to help move water and other essential nutrients into the soil, which helps them grow healthier and faster. 

Agriculture Wetting agents are mainly used with fertilizer, pesticides and herbicides to lower the surface tension and enhance root growth. 

Wetting agents, also called media surfactants, are used to improve the initial wetting ability of soil. We all know that wetting agents aid in mixing wet more uniformly, but other benefits also help you save your money. 

 

Enhance water and fertilizer efficiency

Most commercial mixes contain a surfactant "starter" charge that allows the mix to wet up rapidly and uniformly when potted for the first time. However, just as you must reapply fertilizer throughout the production cycle, you must also reapply for wetting agents. 

Plants require proper amounts of water and nutrients as they grow, and mixes that develop water repellency can prevent your plants from absorbing what they require. Wetting chemicals can help minimize water repellency, increase consistent water movement and distribution, and keep the root zone at the proper moisture level throughout the growing cycle.

They let water flow uniformly into the root zone rather than runoff, and soil-directed fertilizers can also permeate the root zone if the water can.

 

Disease prevention and management

Water is probably the most dynamic factor affecting plant health. Most, if not all, of the essential plant processes, such as photosynthesis, hormone activation and movement, plant metabolic operations, and gas exchange, all rely on an appropriate water supply for the plant to utilize.

Wetting agents assist in maintaining proper air and moisture levels in the soil by allowing water, fertilizer, and fungicides to be spread evenly. They also help prevent oversaturation by increasing air-to-water ratios in the root zone. Plant stress is reduced, resulting in healthier, stronger plants that are better able to withstand disease.

Some of the other benefits of using wetting agents- 

  • Increase performance of soil directed fertilizer, fungicides and insecticides
  • Balance moisture for better disease manage
  • Save 60% on water use
  • Improve the quality of saleable plants

Wetting agents and weed killers make sense to include in your developing program because the bottom line is the most crucial component of your organization. You may be able to save money and cultivate more profitable plants while also conserving water and protecting the environment.

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