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By James Peterson

Responsible Nutrient Management Foundation

Growing concerns about environmental impact are prompting growers and suppliers to rethink the products and practices that produce the nation's food. It is estimated that 40 percent of global food production results from the use of fertilizers. Applying fewer "legacy" fertility products would reduce production and produce starvation, but innovative producers are moving toward highly efficient fertilizers that maintain production while reducing the amount of nutrients applied to the soil. These "imported" nutrients complement the soil's existing fertility, and are designed for maximum crop uptake. When combined with advanced management practices, the high efficiency nutrients largely avoid environmental impact.

The new products employ such advances as long chain polymers, nitrate inhibitors, and are derived from top-quality raw materials. Quality chemistries enhance root uptake processes and avoid the physical movement and chemical reactions in the soil that produce nutrient loss into the environment. The typical efficiency of legacy phosphates is about 30 percent. The new, linear-molecule P products can reduce by almost twice the amount of imported nutrient that migrates into the watershed. High-efficiency fertilizers are a key element of a responsible nutrient management system. For more information call 800-678-9029.

Date: 12/17/2012



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