Being prepared for the unexpected may make or break the new growing season for many farmers in Eastern Washington.

Starting the season right relies heavily on using the right nutrients, but tree fruit growers are being reminded to have a backup plan in case Mother Nature takes an unexpected turn. Independent Certified Crop Advisor, Mark Suderman:

So for example, if we've got bad weather coming that's gonna affect our pollination activities, we might wanna look at moving our nutrient applications, especially foliar applications earlier, and make sure that they have ample time for absorption so that they don't get washed off.

Options should be considered if fertigation is not possible. Suderman adds: 

And these are important conversations to have with your crop advisor to see what your options are.

Additional information can help growers make better choices with any crop management plan. 

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