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The Benefits of Granular Fertilizer vs Liquid Fertilizer

Posted on February 17th, 2017

Source: AG Web

When it comes to your crop, you want to use the best fertilizer to provide the necessary nutrients for growth.  According to Michigan State University and Penn State University Extension, granular and liquid fertilizers provide the same total amount of nutrients; the differences lie in crops’ access to nutrients, crop safety, consistency and ease of use. By weighing the pros and cons of both options, you can choose the right method for creating a healthy environment for your crops.

Granular Fertilizer


  • Easier to store
  • Slow-release granules help feed crops longer into the season
  • More efficient for preplant application
  • Fewer applications are needed


  • High salt content can burn leaves and steer roots away from nutrients
  • Immobile nutrients such as phosphorus can’t get any closer to the roots because they can’t be carried like liquid in water
  • Each granule holds a nonuniform amount of nutrients

Liquid Fertilizer


  • Easier to handle when blending and applying
  • Provides uniform application
  • Can be used for both starter and in-season application
  • Option for one-pass in season by blending with crop protection products
  • Quick acting and sometimes provide an immediate effect


  • Can be expensive to convert equipment to handle liquid fertilizer
  • More susceptible to volatilization and loss
  • If directions aren’t followed correctly, can damage plants
  • More frequent applications

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