Industrial crops are a complex and large group of cultivated plants that, unlike cereals, belong to very different botanical species and therefore have very different ecophysiological and management characteristics and very different uses, some of them non-food.
Industrial crops are those whose final product does not admit direct consumption or for which its transformation is much more profitable. Beet, cotton, sugar cane, quinoa, tobacco, tea, or cassava are examples of industrial crops.
Depending on the type of crop, the subscriber needs vary. For example, cotton requires high demand for nitrogen distributed in the growth cycle, phosphorus in the initial and seed development phases, and potassium for the formation and development of the capsules.
On the other hand, beets need high levels of nitrogen and even higher levels of potassium. The contribution of iron and magnesium must also be important.
And the correct fertilization plays an important role in determining the quality parameters of the leaf, such as color, texture or sugar and alkaloid content. It is very sensitive to low temperatures and frost.