On October 13, we join the international agriculture community in celebrating Global Fertilizer Day. This day recognizes the vital role of fertilizers in feeding a growing world with sustainable, nutritious food.
1.Farmers today grow a bushel of corn using 45 percent less nitrogen and 59 percent less phosphate than they did in 1980.
2. U.S. fertilizer companies employ close to 90,000 people, and the fertilizer industry contributes $155 billion to the U.S. economy.
3. Fertilizer significantly increases the amount of food that can be safely grown per acre. Experts say this allows two out of five people around the world to have access to a reliable food supply.
4. Through the industry’s support for 4R Nutrient Stewardship, farmers are achieving higher yields, lower input costs and reductions in nutrient losses to the environment.
5. U.S. farmers have more than doubled corn production using just 6.9 percent more fertilizer than they used in 1980.
Facts provided by The Fertilizer Institute’s 2016 State of the Fertilizer Industry report.
The ESN difference
ESN® SMART NITROGEN® is the sustainable nitrogen choice. ESN is a urea granule encapsulated in a polymer coating that protects the nitrogen from loss through leaching, volatilization and denitrification. As a controlled-release product, ESN releases its nitrogen in response to conditions that trigger plant growth. ESN is different from other enhanced efficiency fertilizers (EEFs), because it works by a unique mode of action, providing benefits for a longer time than is typical for inhibitors and stabilizers.
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