Sustainable Ag

Do you know the four “R’s” of sustainable fertilizer use? Nutrients enhance soil fertility and minimize losses to the environment when applied at the right time, in the right place, at the right rate from the right source using best management practices.

RIGHT SOURCE
Match the type of fertilizer used to crop needs

RIGHT RATE
Match the amount of fertilizer used to crop needs

RIGHT TIME
Apply fertilizer to make nutrients available when crops need them most

RIGHT PLACE
Keep nutrients where crops can use them

Learn more about the 4Rs from our partners at Nutrient Stewardship.

Whatever it is you want to know about efficient fertilizer use, look no further than Norman Borlaug. As a Nobel Prize Winner for his work in agriculture, Norman Borlaug is credited with saving hundreds of millions of lives from starvation and is regarded as one of the “100 most influential individuals of the 20th Century.”

Watch these videos to hear Norman Borlaug’s views on sustainable use of fertilizers:

The importance of fertilizers
Fertilizer and the environment
“Organic” vs “inorganic” fertilizers

For more information about Norman Borlaug and his work, pick up the book “The Man Who Fed the World” by Leon Hesser.

Dig Deeper

Help feed the world responsibly! Grow your corn crop by providing the nutrients it needs to grow: water, nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium. Try to keep all four dials in the green!

Play Nutrients for Life

How will we sustainably feed 9 billion people by the year 2050? Play Journey 2050 to experience how three farm families located in Kenya, India, and Canada are feeding the world while working to reduce environmental impacts.

Play Journey 2050!

Discover what it takes to manage economic, social, and environmental sustainability goals as you work to feed the world. Download the Farmers 2050 game from these app stores: