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"Growing the best potatoes is very expensive, and we insist on using only top-quality fertilizers and other products. Fertizona is able to deliver exactly the products we need, when we need them, and their service is excellent."

Florencio Rivera Aviles, Agropecuaria Malu

"I've never really worked with anybody else but Fertizona ever since I got here (Harquahala Valley, AZ). They have great people, great service and competitive prices. I trust Fertizona for just about everything."

Steve Melton, M&M Farms

"Fertizona constantly goes above and beyond for our operation. We do a lot of business with them and they are always there for us with exceptional products and a high level of service. Fertizona even offers various financing programs for customers if needed."

J.L. Echeverria, O&E Farms

"Fertizona gives us everything we need when we need it. We've worked with them for many years and we are extremely happy with their products and with the high level of service that they provide to us."

Cheryl Soto, Safford Valley Cotton Growers Co-op

"I use Fertizona for my seed, fertilizer and other things and I don't really need to do business with anybody else. My field people count on Fertizona a lot, too. If I had to point to one thing that makes Fertizona better, it's their excellent service. The Comptons are a stand-up family and I really care about them."

Mike Brooks, MK Farms

"We rely on Kevin's (Walsh) expertise. With his knowledge and flexibility, he's really good about finding economical ways to keep our grass strong and healthy. Fertizona definitely gives us a bigger bang for our buck."

Brandon Putman, City of Peoria

"Because of all the unique stuff we grow here, I often have to call, ask for for special fertilizers or chemicals and Compton Ag has always come through for me. I also really appreciate their involvement in our community. Compton Ag provides a lot of local support, especially for kids."

Joe Van Dyke, Jr., Joe Van Dyke Farms

"The staff at Fertizona has deep knowledge of the products and labeling, which helps us avoid liability issues from mismanagement of chemicals. Plus, we've had a very high level of service from Fertizona. We know we can always count on Fertizona."

Harold Payne, Fort McDowell Tribal Farm

"Fertizona is a one-stop shop; they take the worry out of insect, weed and disease control. Getting all my fertilizers and pesticides from Fertizona helps me manage costs and allows me to be as efficient as possible."

David Wuertz, Sundance Farms

"Fertizona has helped our business be more profitable. I enjoy doing business with them - they have great customer service, their prices are good and they have no problem locating products for me. I would recommend Fertizona to any grower."

John Bay, Desert Trees Nursery


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Grow The Right Way With Fertizona

Fertizona is Arizona’s largest agricultural fertilizer and crop protection retailer. With 9 locations located throughout Southern California, Arizona and Northern Mexico, and a regional trucking depot, fertilizer production facilities, and seed coating operation.

Fertizona and its member companies, Compton Ag Services, Ag Express, and CYC Seed Company provide inputs for Southwestern growers, turf managers, nurseries, landscapers, and municipalities. With an experienced staff of Pest Control Advisors, Agronomists and Turf Managers, we provide superior service and knowledge and provide for our Southwestern agriculture.

Maximize Grain Corn Yields With SmartBlend Fertilizers
Throughout The Season

Timing, soil tests and micronutrients make N and P more effective

No two fields are exactly alike, and the same field can even change from year to year. That's why Fertizona offers SmartBlend™ fertilizers and a wide range of customized fertility programs formulated to meet the exact nutritional requirements of a specific crop at a specific location.

"The first step is to do soil testing and see which nutrients are available," said Dan McDougal, Certified Crop Advisor, Fertizona – Willcox. "When you know what's been removed from a field, you can replace it more effectively for what the incoming crop needs."

The previous year's crop naturally depletes nutrients that were there, and the soil test will identify residual levels. Then McDougal relies on published data to recommend the right amounts of fertilizer to compensate for the total need. For example, an expected grain corn yield of 250 bu/A calls for 280 units of N throughout the season. If the soil test shows that some is already available, you can calculate how much more to add.

Yield Goal Chart

McDougal's program is getting great results in southeastern Arizona, where 250 bushel grain corn is common, with some growers yielding 270 or 280.

As this chart shows, the program starts with 300 lbs/A of a granular 16-26-0 SmartBlend (50% ammonium sulfate, 50% MAP) with zinc and boron, applied pre-plant. That application gets followed with a sidedress of 10-34-0 (10 gal/A plus one quart of EDTA zinc) in a 2 x 2 application at planting. The rest of the N is applied through the pivot with each irrigation cycle, using UAN 32-0-0 or SmartBlend 28-0-0+5S. Finally, the remaining 50 lbs of N should be applied at the R3 stage.

Grain Corn Nutrient Schedule

"We get a lot of good corn here with this program," McDougal said. "Once you provide enough nitrogen and phosphates at the right times, you need the best blend of micronutrients, especially zinc and boron, so the crop can make more efficient use of the N and the P. That's the step to hitting those higher yields."

For more details about a customized SmartBlend program for your crops, visit your nearest Fertizona location.

New Winter Fertilizer Blend Helps Keep Turf Green All Season

Iron and nitrates promote health and color

Turfgrass managers in the Southwest are constantly challenged to maintain superior conditions on a year-round basis, which is why there's a lot of excitement about Fertizona's newest product addition. Our latest granular turf blend fertilizer, Furst®-Class 21-4-4, is a custom winter mix containing 10% iron, and it's specifically designed to provide better nutritional performance and turf results than ever before.

"Superintendents are always looking to maintain that rich green in their turf throughout the winter," said Craig Allen, Fertizona Turf and Landscape Sales Manager, "and this product will provide plenty of what they need."

Furst-Class 21-4-4 + 10%Fe is based on an homogeneous NPK fertilizer from Yara known as YaraMila®. It is a precisely balanced, split nitrogen fertilizer formulation that contains the most highly efficient sources of N, P, and K available.

Then iron is added to support turf color. Iron is an important component to help plants produce enzymes and proteins involved in nitrogen metabolism and chlorophyll synthesis. A telltale sign of iron deficiency in turfgrass is random yellow mottling.

"The ten percent iron and 9.5% nitrate nitrogen levels in this product are the real keys to making it more effective," Allen explained, "and the valuable P and K in the blend help as well."

The Furst-Class 21-4-4 fertilizer also offers the benefits of Fertizona's own Furst nutritional technology. Based on a patented, proprietary blend of amino acids and proteins, the Furst Technology helps fertilizers to activate key biological and environmental responses in plants. When fertilizer granules are impregnated as part of the Furst blending technology, they become more effective in their ability to deliver nutrients efficiently and enhance plant performance.

On turfgrass, that specifically means the Furst-Class 21-4-4 blend will contribute to stronger root systems, improved fill-in, better green-up, and increased overall plant health. The innovative Furst Technology even enables Fertizona to create a wide range of other custom turf blends that focus on particular regional or seasonal needs.

Another important advantage with the new 21-4-4 product is its improved product form. It features a smaller and more consistent prill size than earlier blends, which will enhance its spreadability and general effectiveness. "It has more uniform prills, it's 80 percent homogenized and the iron keeps turf green," Allen added. "It's definitely a good product."

Find the turf and landscape products and technical expertise you need this season by calling Craig Allen, Turf and Landscape Sales Manager, Fertizona – Fennemore at 623.935.4252.

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