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Celebrating National Ag Day: March 18: History of fertilizer dates back more than 8,000 years


For The Sun-Telegraph

A manure spreader is operated in 1941 in Shelby County, Iowa. Early farmers used manure to fertilize their crops thousands of years ago, even before farm machinery was invented to make the task more efficient.

Gary Hergert, Rex Nielsen and Jim Margheim

With the fertilizer application season approaching, it is once again time for producers to make decisions as to what their fertility programs will be. Soon many fertilizer-application rigs will be in the fields, spreading great quantities of fertilizer.

Because the use of fertilizer has become such an integral part of modern farming, we rarely give any thought as to where it comes from, how long it has been used and what impact it has had on our food production. With our current ability to test our soils nutrient levels and then convert those soil...

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