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

Capture Higher Yields with Capture LFR

Cindy Zimmerman

Corn prices are lower than they have been in recent years, which makes maximum yields more important than ever. FMC Corn Segment Manager Matt Hancock says even with the weather challenges farmers have faced this year, corn yields are forecast to be the third largest ever. “I think that gets back to good, sound agronomics,” said Hancock in an interview …

Audio, Corn, Fertilizer, FMC, Insecticides

N-Watch Update from GROMARK’s Dr. Brown

Cindy Zimmerman

The N-Watch program was developed by GROWMARK director of nutrient management and environmental stewardship Dr. Howard Brown as a tool to estimate the concentration of plant-available N throughout the year. The program started with 45 sites in Illinois and continues to grow. “Currently we are looking at over 900 sites from Nebraska to southern Ontario,” said Brown. “The purpose is …

Audio, Fertilizer, GROWMARK

GROWMARK Provides Fertilizer Update

Cindy Zimmerman

Lower crop prices and a later harvest caused farmers to cut back some on fall fertilizer application last year but supplies are expected to be adequate this spring to meet demand, according to GROWMARK Plant Food Director Joe Dillier. “Haven’t had a great test of that because of the planting delays we’ve had to date,” said Dillier. “But my guess …

Audio, Fertilizer, GROWMARK

Chicken Litter – A Hot Commodity

Jamie Johansen

Jenny Rhodes, Extension Educator for University of Maryland in Queen Anne’s County and local poultry farmer, was asked to attend the 2015 Chicken Media Summit to talk about chicken manure. For her first 10 years in extension, Jenny wrote nutrient management plans. These plans are state mandated and any farmer meeting it’s requirements must have one for their operation. “In …

Ag Group, Audio, Chicken, Chicken Media Summit, Fertilizer, Poultry

New Holland Debuts Guardian™ Injection Toolbar

Jamie Johansen

New Holland has introduced the Guardian™ Injection Toolbar to the Guardian self-propelled sprayer line. The new piece of equipment was on display at the 2015 Commodity Classic and Chuck stopped by to chat with New Holland’s Jason Hardy to learn more about it’s capabilities. The Guardian™ Injection Toolbar applies the liquid fertilizer exactly where the crop needs it most. Farmers …

Agribusiness, Audio, Corn, Fertilizer, New Holland