Nutrien announces industry first Smart Nutrition MAP+MST homogenous fertilizer
Jul. 16, 2020
Nutrien announced recently the launch of Smart Nutrition MAP+MST fertilizer Powered by MST, the latest, most efficient system for delivering sulfur and phosphate to meet crop needs and maximize production just in time for the fall application season. The first of its kind in the marketplace, this product combines micronized sulfur with phosphate to give crops consistent nutrition all season long.
"Sulfur levels in the soil are on the decline which can impact yield results and crop quality," says Chris Reynolds, Nutrien senior vice president, sales. "We are excited to introduce Smart Nutrition MAP+MST as a unique fertilizer solution that can give growers peace of mind heading into every growing season."
Micronized Sulfur Technology MST is a patented technology, where the elemental sulfur source has been micronized to an average particle size of 15 micron. The smaller particle size allows for quicker elemental sulfur oxidation.
"Smart Nutrition MAP+MST integrates micronized elemental sulfur directly into the MAP granule during production. The uniform distribution of MST in each granule allows for maximum soil to fertilizer contact, resulting in an increased oxidation rate," says Dr. Cristie Preston, Nutrien senior agronomist.
"The innovation that this new product represents with the small micron size of the elemental sulfur allows it to be transported and stored safely and then quickly oxidized in the soil, ready for the plant to consume," says Reynolds. "Products like this help farmers grow crops more efficiently to maximize their return on investment, while contributing to feeding our growing world."
Historically, farmers have often overlooked sulfur in their nutrient management practices due to its natural availability from rainfall.
"Sulfur is an essential macronutrient needed for basic plant functions and growth," says Preston. "As the amount of atmospheric sulfur deposited via rainfall steadily declines, additional sulfur should be added to the soil through fertilizer applications."
Smart Nutrition MAP+MST is currently produced at Nutrien's White Springs, FL phosphate operation with the potential to expand production to additional Nutrien sites in the future.
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