FERTILIZERS & THE INDUSTRY
The fertilizer industry helps ensure that farmers have the nutrients they need to grow enough crops to meet the world's requirements for food, feed, fibre and energy. The nutrients supplied by the industry supplement on-farm sources of nutrients such as manure and legumes. Nutrients in manufactured fertilizers are in forms that can be absorbed by plants. All of these nutrients exist in nature, but the quantities are not sufficient to meet the needs of our growing, urbanized population.
The fertilizer industry encourages the adoption of Fertilizer Best Management Practices (FBMPs) as part of good agricultural practices.
For efficient soil management, a farmer must improve desirable soil characteristics using good agricultural practices. To ensure sustainability and high productivity, these practices should be:
The most important components of good agricultural practices are: