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New Fertilizer Technology

“Urea is the most widely used nitrogen form of fertilizer, especially in hay and grass production. We get a lot of heat and humidity down that tends to break down urea, because if you put it out there, just, either on bare ground, or on pasture, the heat and humidity will break down that nitrogen, and it’ll volatize, gas off in the air, and it will leech through the soil.”

Charles McQhae is a representative for Frontier Fertilizer in Lubbock.

“The new technology that we have is a way to coat it, and make it last longer, and make it more available. We have a way of making it more efficient.” (20:14)

This technology buys the grass or row crop a little time from Mother Nature.

“We don’t have to wait on a rain to get it active. We can protect it for that length of period. A lot of producers, they see a storm cloud coming, they want to go out there and fertilize. Man, it’s time to wash it, or a home owner, on their own lawn. They want to fertilize right ahead of rain. That’s the most beneficial moisture you can put.”

And with historically high fertilizer prices for the past two years, this new product not only stretches your fertilizer dollar, it’s environmentally friendly.

“It does not have an environmental foot print. It does not leech and go down into our subsoil moisture, and get into the water. It doesn’t get into the estuaries, stream run offs, it doesn’t run off. It ties itself to the roots, and stays available for that plant.”

So whether you’re in production agriculture, or just enjoy a lush green lawn, there’s some new technology to make growing whatever you grow a little easier. I’m Joe Brown, looking at Brazos Valley agriculture, from the ground up.


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