Starter Fertilizer

Customization is the Key

When it comes to starter fertilizer, I feel like customization is key. Each field is comprised of different soils, we plant different crops, and we all have different goals. I have much higher production goals on my irrigated acres than I do for my dryland acres. With all this variability, blending my starter batch by batch feels like a no brainer.

Humic on Hand

I generally always have a base of humic acid. This is a great foundation for me as I have high pH soils that like to tie up nutrition. It works well to mitigate the pH issues and provide the seedling with a more friendly environment to start growing, all while chelating nutrition that was once tied up in the soils. Humic acid provides a great buffer from any salts that may be in the fertilizers that are applied in the furrow. From there, I will include a variety of bio-stimulants to help jumpstart the plants and get my soil biology in high gear.


The beauty of mixing your own is in the flexibility. It can be as simple or complex as you want. Most of the time I am only mixing in two to four products. If weather or some other external factor pushes my window to get planting done smaller, I will trim down my recipe and then aim to put the other products on later in season with a sprayer or side dress.

Make life easy

To make my life easier, I try to have a system in place to make this process as smooth as possible. I will blend some of my dry products with water ahead of time, so they are ready to dump in and go. If possible, I will have these concentrates made in the correct amount for the acres I will be planting in that batch. This lets me crack a valve and go; no need to watch the tank to see how much I put in (side note: I highly recommend a jar test before hand to make sure no products cause issues with each other). You also get a chance to see if the blending sequence works well. I do my best to figure out any potential issues ahead of time, so I don’t have a problem when I need to be in the field.

Moments notice

I know what you’re probably thinking, I don’t have time to blend tank loads and mess with multiple ingredients. If you’re like me, come fall, you look at the yield results and wonder, did this actually work? I think it’s hard to truly know the answer unless you have compared that product against a baseline. When you decide to blend, you are able to change what you’re doing in a moment’s notice and put out a couple test strips, or just split the field and put products and ideas side by side. Farming is something we all love to do so go ahead, try new things and have something fun to go watch all season. Who knows, maybe you’ll find the next big thing that can improve your operation’s ROI.

Mason Scheetz,
Singular Agronomics Distributor Western Kansas

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Designed primarily as a plant starter, and for foliar application.  Young plants require high Phosphorus for proper growth; MASTERBLEND’s 9-45-15 low Nitrogen and high Phosphorus fit ehe needs of young plants very well.  This formula can also be used whenever soils indicate the need for elevated Phosphate levels

Specifically designed for use as a blossom booster for Orchids, but it should not be limited to just one plant species.  This works very well on all types of flowering material, especially when the grower requires improved bud set, bud count, and also better color and size of flowers.  Use MASTERBLEND 10-30-20 throughout the flowering stage, then switch back to the regular analysis when flowering is finished.  Fertilizer amounts need not be varied.

General Purpose formula that is designed for application with any sprayer, injector or proportioner.  This is an all-purpose formula, safe for all growing plants.  No sodium, sulfate or chloride is used in formulation.  The result is a balanced solution which will not “fall out” to clog equipment or soils.

Bio-Builder H is a Humic based formulation designed to fit the standard operation with a modest level of Catalyst and nutrients present to support most operations and scenarios.  Will blend with other nutrients and products as long as a PH level of 6.5 or greater is maintained.  Bio-Builder H can be a stand-alone product or an addition to your current starter program.  Bio-Builder H excels in most soils, however will really stand out in high PH environments.  This formulation is an excellent option for legumes.

Bio-Builder H+ is a stand-alone product.  As the workhorse of the class, it has been formulated with high PH soils, or higher salt environments in mind.  Bio-Builder H+ has also been designed with a higher level of Catalyst and salt-safeguarding components.  This formulation has shown great response in less than ideal conditions, or unhealthy soils.  However, it is not recommended to be combined with other products, as the higher concentrations of ingredients could cause blending or fall out issues.

Bio-Builder F is a companion product, designed with tank compatibility in mind.  This formulation blends very well with most products by utilizing the high water-soluble components of the Bio-Builder class.  All this is done while maintaining a high level of various catalysts to support a diverse soil biome.  Bio-Builder F tends to perform very well in high yield environments.

Seaweed extract is a natural fertilizer that can boost crop yields by providing essential micronutrients and growth hormones. Kelp can be applied through foliar spray, root drench or soil application, and has been shown to improve seed germination, growth, flowering and fruit yields.  Additionally, it promotes stress tolerance, pest and disease resistance, enhances soil structure and increases nutrient uptake.

Yucca acts as a natural surfactant, wetting agent, and plant bio-stimulant and is derived from a flowering desert plant.  Yucca has been shown to reduce plant stress from drought, heat and salinity.  It increases plant cell wall gas, and liquid exchange.  Applications to soil will assist in the infiltration and absorption of water and nutrients.  Yucca mixes well with most products. As always, jar testing is recommended before application.

Sugar’s general purpose is to supply a food source for soil microorganisms and support plant growth.  Active microbes will help to make soil nutrients more plant available.  Sugars also work in residue decomposition.  It is compatible with most products and can be used with a starter, foliar application or soil application.  As always, jar testing to ensure compatibility is recommended.