Role of Zinc in Potato Production

Zinc resembles manganese and magnesium in that it acts as a binding agent in enzymatic reactions. In this way it is important in protecting proteins from denaturing. Therefore, zinc has a major role to play in nitrogen metabolism and deficient crops will have lower levels of protein. Starch content is also affected by zinc.

Foliar zinc and yield

Yield responses to zinc can be expected in crops grown on soils with a low or high pH if the zinc levels are low, can be seen in studies in Chile.

Zinc and powdery scab

Zinc is commonly used to suppress powdery scab where the innoculum is at low levels. Only soil applications are likely to provide sufficient zinc to have an effect on powdery scab, as trials in Scotland show.

General guidelines for zinc application

Yield responses to zinc can be expected in crops grown on soils with a low or high pH if the zinc levels are low.

Zinc is commonly used to suppress powdery scab where the innoculum is at low levels. Only soil applications are likely to provide sufficient zinc to have an effect on powdery scab.

However, zinc should only be used as part of an integrated control strategy supported by other agronomic measures to limit soil infection alongside a choice of more resistant varieties.

Role of Nutrients

Read about the role of other nutrients in potato production:

Nitrogen

Phosphorus

Potassium

Calcium

Magnesium

Sulfur

Boron

Copper

Iron

Manganese

Molybdenum

Zinc

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Jimmy Ridgway
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