Liebig’s Law of Minimum by Kemgro Crop Solutions

When it comes to agricultural science, there’s one law that champions them all: Liebig’s Law of Minimum.

Pioneered by Carl Sprengel back in the 1820’s and later made popular by Justus von Liebig, the concept follows the belief that yield is proportional to the amount of the most limited nutrient.

This means that if there’s a deficiency and it’s supplied, yields will improve… to the point that some other nutrient is then needed. If so, the Law of Minimum would come into play.


Growth is controlled by the scarcest resource, not by the total number of resources available. 

So, what has Liebig’s Law of Minimum got to do with crops?

The science of plant nutrition and soil fertility has got a lot to do with Liebig’s law. Farmers have been able to improve fertility, uncovering the secret plant requirements – for mineral elements from the soil, carbon from CO2 in the air, and H and O2 from water.

Liebig developed the first mineral fertiliser, applied to boost nutrients removed from soils by crops. And since, sustainable agricultural practices have been implemented worldwide.

Today, the Law of Minimum has evolved into a general model of limiting factors for all organisms. For example, limiting effects of excess chemical nutrients and considering other environmental factors.

Become the architect of your own crops.

If you’re looking for agricultural or horticultural fertilisers that you can customise for your own soil and crop growth, talk to us, Kemgro Crop Solutions your liquid nutrient specialist.

We create efficient crop solutions to grow healthy crops and soil for the future. We believe in sustainable farming through nutritious fertilisers. If you’re a farmer or grower and want to be more efficient and profitable, talk to us.

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