Zinc deficiency

Constraint - Zinc Deficiency

Plant use

  • Zinc is a micronutrient

  • Zinc is involved in formation of chlorophyll and protein synthesis, as well as water intake and efficient use 


  • Small bronze spots on older leaves

  •  Can cause distortion of leaves

  •  In severe cases, most or all leaf growth is affected

  • Symptoms can be temporarily induced by cold wet weather


  • Yield penalty can be occur if left untreated


A soil test or a plant tissue test should be used to confirm zinc deficiency. An appropriate amount of zinc fertiliser can then be applied. 


Links and Resources

PDF DEPI VIC - A Nutrient Review of Zinc in Wheat

12 page PDF. 'Zinc as a nutrient for agricultural crops in Southern Australia'. Extensive nutrient review. Written 2013.

File size: 131kb
DEPI VIC - What nutrients do plants require?

6.4.3. Plant use, deficiency symptoms, and management practices that increase likelihood of deficiency. Page last updated 2013.

File size: 131kb
SARDI - Nutrition Management in Broadacre Cropping. Zinc

5 page PDF. Information on macronutrients, micronutrients, deficiency symptoms, and management.

File size: 131kb