Date: Wed Aug 4, 2021
Time: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Moderator: Curt Woolfolk
Retailers want to bring the latest products to farmers, but how to evaluate this new spectrum of products. We will get a retail ag industry perspective and hear from researchers on best methods for evaluating new products.
There are always new products on the market suggesting better yields and better nutrient efficiencies. Both industry and academia are both tasked with trying to understand these new productions and make recommendations. Academia often is criticized with dismissing all of the new technology on the market. I evaluate what seems like dozens of new products every year, yet I have not found many that I can support. This presentation walks the audience through my decision making processes. What I have to consider when evaluating the products I am working with.
I will be discussing the common considerations of a large-scale fertilizer manufacturer when it comes to developing EEFs.
NRCS Nutrient Management Code 590 (May 2019) stipulates “For enhanced efficiency fertilizer (EEF) products, use products defined by the Association of American Plant Food Control Officials as EEF and recommended for use by the State LGU” (Land Grant University). A brief overview of some of AAPFCO’s terms, policies and considerations regarding EEF’s will be presented. Also, some of AAPFCO’s criteria regarding what qualifies as an EEF and other current activities pertaining to enhanced efficiency fertilizers and products will be discussed. This is a rapidly evolving area, so suggestions and feedback are welcomed.
I will discuss the methods our company use’s to decide from the many options for EEF’s that are available to the retailer today. We will also take a look at what it takes to successfully collect good field scale trial data