January 29, 2015
When you stop and think about the fundamental need for crop nutrients in the form of fertilizer, it really is quite simple.
As plants grow, they take nutrients from the soil, and when farmers remove grain, hay or straw during harvest, the nutrients are removed with the crop. Growers use fertilizer to help replenish these soil nutrients.
Although the science behind it can be complex, a simple approach to understanding that plants need the right source of nutrients at the right rate, right time and in the right place is the essence of crop nutrition. It is also the heart of what the 4R Nutrient Stewardship system is all about.
The science-based 4R system identifies best management practices (BMPs) for growers that can significantly reduce environmental impacts from fertilizer use. 4R practices help minimize nutrient losses to air and water, replenish and protect soil quality, and can help minimize impacts on wildlife habitat – and they offer socio-economic benefits as well.
This fun, animated video An Introduction to the 4R Nutrient Stewardship System does a great job in explaining the 4Rs and the far-reaching impact they can have on the global landscape. Enjoy the video and for further information on Agrium’s Sustainability vision and efforts, please visit http://www.agrium.com/en/sustainability.