GROWMARK’s FS Simulator Makes Training Fun

Jamie Johansen

GROWMARK’s FS applicator simulator was on display for media this week in Bloomington, IL. The simulator was created as a training module for FS System operators to practice, study, and enhance their ability, knowledge, and safety skills. “To the best of my knowledge, this simulator is the first of its kind in agriculture being used for training,” said Erik Wilcox, …

Agribusiness, AgWired Precision, Audio, Crop Protection, Fertilizer, FS System, GROWMARK

Agrium Offers Smart Nitrogen for Smart Farmers

Kelly Marshall

Mike Howell spent time at the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show telling growers about the benefits of Agrium‘s ESN smart nitrogen. ESN is a polymer-coated urea that slowly releases nitrogen over a period of 60-90 days while preventing loss from volatilization, leaching or de-nitrification It can work with nearly any grower’s program and with any crop Howell says. Whether a …

Agribusiness, Audio, Fertilizer

Live with Smart Nitrogen at #MSFGS17

Chuck Zimmerman

We’re hearing a lot about SMART Farming today so Smart Nitrogen makes a lot of sense don’t you think? That’s what ESN is all about – Smart Nitrogen. It is a urea granule comprised of 44% nitrogen, contained within a flexible polymer coating. This coating protects the nitrogen from loss mechanisms and releases nitrogen in response to soil temperature. ESN …

Audio, Farm Shows, Fertilizer, Video

4R Approach is Good Agronomy to Award Winner

Cindy Zimmerman

Rick Klevze is the location manager at the GROWMARK FS Bloomsbury, New Jersey location and was one of five crop specialists recently named as the first recipients of the new GROWMARK Endure 4R Advocate award. Klevze, who has over 35 years of experience and has been a Certified Crop Adviser since 1994, believes the 4R approach is a sensible way …

Agronomy, Audio, Fertilizer, FS System, GROWMARK

4R is Right for @GROWMARK Award Winner

Cindy Zimmerman

Jason Wesslund, area manager for the eastern half of Heritage FS in central Illinois, was one of five crop specialists recently named as the first recipients of the new GROWMARK Endure 4R Advocate award. Wesslund supervises four agronomy locations and four energy territories and also leads education and training of sustainable best management practices at Heritage FS. Wesslund uses the …

Agronomy, Audio, Award, Fertilizer, FS System, GROWMARK

ATF Rules West Fertilizer Explosion a Criminal Act

Kelly Marshall

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) has ruled that the fire which caused the explosion at the West Fertilizer Company in West, Texas on April 17, 2013 was started intentionally. ATF says they have tested and ruled out all accidental or natural causes, and are now offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest …

Agribusiness, ARA, Fertilizer

First of its Kind Report Details Impact of Fertilizer

Kelly Marshall

While we often take for granted the important role fertilizer plays in food production, the economic impact in terms of jobs provided by the industry has been generally overlooked.  Now a study sponsored by The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) is shedding light on those numbers at both the state and congressional district levels. “We are excited to be able to share …

Agribusiness, Economy, Fertilizer

Pirkle Receives #ARA2015 Distinguished Service Award

Cindy Zimmerman

The Agricultural Retailers Association presented its 2015 Distinguished Service Award to Billy Pirkle, who has served as chairman of ResponsibleAg, an industry initiative which kicked off last year at this time. The organization assists fertilizer facilities with federal regulatory compliance through education, training and certification. “Agricultural retailers are already committed to stewardship and safety,” said Pirkle, who is Senior Director …

Agribusiness, ARA, Audio, Fertilizer

Qualls Named Executive Director of ResponsibleAg

Kelly Marshall

Bill Qualls has been selected by the Board of Directors as the new Executive Director of ResponsibleAg. His new responsibilities include recruiting for retailer and auditor, monitoring the quality assurance program as well as advising the board. Most recently Qualls has been the Lead Auditor for Global Environmental, Health and Safety at the Eastman Chemical Company. He also serves as …

Agribusiness, Company Announcement, Fertilizer

EDF to Help Reduce Emissions from Ag

Joanna Schroeder

The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and partners have been awarded a $960,000 Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) from the USDA to help almond and corn farmers increase fertilizer use efficiency, improve soil health, reduce nitrous oxide emissions, and expand the potential of fertilizer protocols to generate carbon credits from agriculture. “This project will demonstrate how growers implementing enhanced nitrogen management processes …

Agribusiness, Corn, Fertilizer, Sustainability