4R Nutrient Stewardship

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4R Nutrient Stewardship

Using technology to guide application decisions.

A win-win. 

The 4R Nutrient Stewardship method is the framework with which farmers reach their sustainability goals. With a focus on choosing the right nutrient source to apply at the right rate, at the right time and in the right place. This occurs through the use of best management practices, including conservation, precision application and nitrogen management. Not only do these practices provide enhanced environmental protection and improved sustainability, but they also increase production and profitability. We value this program and encourage all our customers to participate. 


Crop Nutrient Best Management Practices

There is an immediate connection between applying the right nutrient source, at the right rate, right timing, and right placements, and beneficial impacts on components of the natural capital evidenced through better crop performance, improved soil health, decreased environmental pollution, and the protection of wildlife. Similarly, positive effects are expected on financial capital, as your profits improve, bringing about improvement in your quality of life and increased economic activity in your communities.


Conservation practices contribute to nutrient management. One of those practices is strip-till. Strip till allows us to only disturb the soil where the seed will be planted. By leaving the soil between rows alone, there is a reduced risk of soil erosion and the practice improves overall soil health. Strip-till can be accompanied with a nutrient application below the surface; ensuring nutrient is in the right place where the plant needs it. It also cuts down on the trips around the field, cutting the fuel usage and improving the economic and environmental benefits. 

Precision Application

Our Insight FS precision team is passionate about sustainability. Precision Farming helps us determine what nutrient the field needs and the right rate to apply that nutrient. There is a lot of variation even in the same field. Our team and their equipment can analyze the fields and provide recommendations specific to the needs. We have the ability to change the application rate while moving through the field to meet those varying needs. This process ensures that the plants get the nutrients needed and no excess nutrients are lost to the environment. 

Nitrogen Management 

Nitrogen is a critical nutrient for high yield corn production. We utilize different technologies to determine the right rate of nitrogen based on the plant's needs. Nitrogen available within the soil is tracked and analyzed by soil samples throughout the growing cycle. This helps use determine the right source and the right rate, at the right time in the critical growing cycle. 

Want to talk to our Precision Specialists? Fill out the form below and we will pass it along to our team. 

4R Nutrient Stewardship Pocket Guide

Check out this valuable resource from the Fertilizer Institute to learn more about the 4R Nutrient Stewardship program. 

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