FS crop specialists are about more than just high yields. They’re committed to stewardship and helping growers implement sustainable farming practices.  West Central FS is proud of two crop specialists who have been recognized for the 4R nutrient stewardship practices.  These individuals were awarded for encouraging and assisting farmers in managing nutrients, preserving the soil and protecting water quality.  They implement nitrogen-management-as-a-system. They promote the use of nitrogen stabilizers. They embrace the 4Rs of nutrient stewardship by using the right source, place, time, and rate of plant nutrients.

 Endure is a sustainability initiative launched in 2016 to highlight and encourage practices and programs that help the environment and greater good, sponsored by GROWMARK, Inc. 

 Criteria for earning the Endure 4R Advocate Award:

  • ·         Knowledge and implementation of 4R nutrient stewardship principles as defined by The Fertilizer Institute
  • ·         Assist growers with implementing nitrogen-management-as-a-system
  • ·         Promote the use of nitrogen stabilizers
  • ·         Implement nitrogen tracking services
  • ·         Conduct MiField™ Applied Research on customers’ farms
  • ·         Use variable rate technology for fertilizer applications

“The 4R way of managing nitrogen is crucial in today’s farming operation, to support the profit model and allow farmers to remain good stewards of the environment.” - COURTNEY MAHR, Crop Specialist at Maquon, IL

Mahr was named a 4R Advocate in 2018

"4R nutrient stewardship is important to me because it is economically and environmentally the right thing to do. Using the 4R approach helps us reduce losses while improving efficiencies."  - ADAM DEXTER, Crop Specialist at Williamsfield, IL

Dexter was named a 4R Advocate in 2017


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