Archive for the ‘Fertilizer’ Category

Haley and Debra Go To Farm Progress Show!

Thursday, September 12th, 2013
With more than 500 exhibitors and 300 acres of field demonstration, Farm Progress Show is the place to be!  The show is the nation’s largest outdoor annual farm show and Nutrients for Life wouldn't miss it.  (more…)

Teacher Spotlight: Leslie Meredith

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
"Soil is a precious resource that I hope students learn to protect so future generations may also reap the benefits," said Leslie Meredith when asked why teaching soil science is important to her. (more…)

Julie’s Great Experience at the 4R Retreat

Friday, August 16th, 2013
By Julie Buratowski, Foundation Education Specialist   Last week, I had to opportunity to join some of my colleagues in Ottawa, Canada to attend a 4R Nutrient Stewardship retreat. (more…)

Mid-Season Side Dressing

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013
Whew, a week of sunshine and the garden looks great. The tomatoes I last blogged about last week have doubled in size, thanks to the sunshine and fertilizer. We also enjoyed our first harvest of broccoli, cauliflower and lettuce. Yum, yum! My girls gobble up this fresh produce, consuming fresh foods that are a good source of protein, vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, without evening knowing how good it is for them! (more…)

Fascinated with Fertilizer

Monday, June 24th, 2013
In agriculture, we are trying very hard to get the word out: we feed the world. Our mission is to produce a large and safe food supply in a way that is environmentally sound and beneficial. Another organization telling the agriculture story is Illinois Farm Families. They have opened their farms to Chicago area moms; moms who want to know how their food is grown. They bring along their cameras and notepads and share with their peers what they see, hear and learn on the farm. (more…)

Hungry Tomato

Friday, May 31st, 2013
If this is the future of my tomato crop, I am in trouble!  This little guy has been in the ground for two weeks. He has had sun, rain, rain, rain, sun, and rain. He needs a little TLC in the form of warm temperatures and N-P-K!! I cannot control the sun, but I can control the nutrient level in the soil. (more…)

Hold the onions, please!

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013
I personally do not like many onions mixed in with my meal. I usually say, “Hold the onions, please!” I prefer plain, boring food. However, my husband enjoys onions with everything and often reminds me of their many health benefits. Since our first garden, we have always planted onions, but this year I am expanding the onion crop to include onion sets. (more…)

Did Spring Find You?

Monday, April 29th, 2013
Spring has finally arrived, and it is everything I had hoped it to be! (more…)

Give me a P! Explore Phosphate Mining

Monday, April 8th, 2013
What do fire extinguishers, toothpaste and feeding the world have in common? Phosphate! (more…)

Tour of a Potash Mine

Thursday, March 21st, 2013
I have heard that potash was a natural resource and mined underground, never had I considered going underground to confirm those facts, until I was invited on a tour with the rest of my Nutrients for Life colleagues. We met in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and drove about forty-five miles to the PotashCorp Allan Plant. Upon arrival, our guide gave us disposable white jump suits to wear to protect our clothing. I appreciated the protection but not necessarily the “flattering” style. Hard hats, protective glasses and flashlights were also issued. (more…)

Come Home to the Farm

Monday, October 22nd, 2012
Every fall, American families come home to the farm! It used to be that everyone could visit a relative’s farm.  (more…)