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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.
Numbers don't lie. So when a recently completed comprehensive fertilizer comparison clearly demonstrated the superior results for a SmartBlend™ product, Fertizona felt it was the right time to talk about it.
Based on data from five cuttings during May through October, the top-yielding fertilizer was SmartBlend 7.5-26-0 8S from Fertizona, which produced an average of 526.33 small bales per border. The fertilizer was applied at a rate of 15 gallons/acre.
“It was a good test,” said Doyle Stewart, PCA, Fertizona – Buckeye, who coordinated the trial with PCA Greg Green, Fertizona – Buckeye. “We were impressed with how the alfalfa responded to the SmartBlend line of fertilizers.”
SmartBlend fertilizers from Fertizona and Compton Ag Services allow growers to personalize their crop nutrition with a fertilizer custom-made for their unique requirements. To create a SmartBlend, Fertizona analyzes specific soil and tissue data, climate and yield targets. By identifying the sufficient and deficient ranges of nutrients in a particular field, SmartBlends adjust those fertility levels to maximize crop growth and health for that precise location.
In the case of the Paloma trial, the 7.5-26-0 8S SmartBlend formulation – also known as “Phos-pHuric” – effectively delivered the vital phosphorus and supplemental sulfur those alfalfa stands needed for high yields. Simply put, the SmartBlend product out-performed all of the competitive products in the trial.
“Every crop has different nutrient needs,” said Stewart. “By using our experience and the data we collect, Fertizona can create a SmartBlend to help growers make the most of any situation."
Given the unpredictable nature of farming in the Southwest, smart growers here agree that crop insurance is a good idea. But what exactly does that mean? There are countless types of insurance policies and options, and the situation is now getting even more complicated.
“The new Farm Bill is a game changer,” says Gary McKenzie, president of FARM, Inc., an Arizona firm specializing in crop insurance and agricultural financial management. “Farmers used to have a lot more government-supported safety nets, but with the new bill, now there's more responsibility for a grower to find his own insurance.”
“With all the new stuff in the Farm Bill, some of our customers are trying to figure out what to do (about insurance),” agrees Lamont Lacy, Credit Manager – Fertizona (pictured, left). “There are still lots of good options available. Growers just need to talk to their agent.”
The choices include insurance through private companies as well as government-subsidized programs. The trick is to work with a knowledgeable, reputable provider who can walk you through the process to explain the most suitable and cost effective policies.
“For example, growers can get multi-peril insurance with a level of protection they choose, based on their yield history,” says McKenzie, “but the program rules can be different by crop and by county.”
Those rules include deadlines for both sign-up and planting. An important case in point is June 1st, the cut-off date for planting cotton in most counties in Arizona if you want it to qualify for insurance.
“There’s definitely some confusion and misunderstanding out there,” adds McKenzie. “We want to make sure growers are up to speed so they can be on top of things.”
If you have questions or need advice about crop insurance, talk to your local Fertizona or Compton Ag rep, or contact Lamont Lacy at 520.836.7477.