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Agreement looks to improve fertilizer use in Manitoba

An agreement signed today at Ag Days in Brandon will help launch a series of initiatives that will improve fertilizer use throughout the province.

The three-way agreement, between the provincial government, the Canadian Fertilizer Institute and Keystone Agriculture Producers, formalizes a so-called "4R" approach to fertilizer application — the right source at the right rate, right time and right place.

The 4R approach helps ensure that nutrients are used in a way that protects the environment while enabling producers to achieve economic success.

"There are many advantages for farmers to adopt the 4Rs into their cropping systems," said Lindsay Kaspick, of Koch Fertilizer, a CFI board member. "(That includes) fertilizer efficiency — which minimizes nutrient loss and leakage into the air and water, and maximizes farmer returns."

Manitoba is the first prairie province to complete an arrangement with the CFI on nutrient management and measurement.

The next step will be several new fertilizer initiatives in Manitoba over the next three years, including information development and distribution, the development of training materials and programs, field extension events, field trials, and projects that will refine nutrient uptake and removal values for Western Canadian crops.

These will be paid for by the CFI.

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