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Explore the importance of soil profiles

<p>Soil types vary across the country, and The Mosaic Company explains how one product can be tailored to meet the needs of different soil conditions.&nbsp;</p>

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Soil types vary across the country, and The Mosaic Company explains how one product can be tailored to meet the needs of different soil conditions. A new three-part video series features an agronomist who focuses on soil profiles in Indiana, Montana and Minnesota to better illustrate the different formulations of MicroEssentials® and how the products help to increase yield and productivity. With today’s high-yielding crops, we are asking more from our soils than ever before, and it’s important to replenish soil with the nutrients it needs, year after year.

“A majority of our growing area is a very productive soil with good organic matter, but as yields have increased, fertility has gone down,” says Lance Loveless, sales manager at Crop Production Services in Delphi, Indiana. “We don’t get the nutrients we need from the air anymore, so we’re addressing the needs of our soil with different MicroEssentials products.”

Not only does each formula allow for a variety of nutrient releases, the products also evenly distribute nutrients in the soil. The Fusion® technology behind MicroEssentials combines vital nutrients into each uniquely formulated, nutritionally balanced granule, ensuring uniform nutrient distribution across the field and improved nutrient uptake.

“Because the soil types really vary around Lake Crystal, depending on the region, MicroEssentials becomes more and more helpful to the crop,” explains Gary Spence, agronomist for Crystal Valley Co-op in Lake Crystal, Minnesota. “We used to only put sulfur on 2.5 percent organic matter or less. Now we’re putting it on almost all of our soils because there’s not the sulfur availability that there used to be. Using MicroEssentials, you’re going to get even distribution in the field because all the nutrients you need are in each granule.”

Each distinct formula allows for a different variation of each nutrient to be available to the crops over the growing season. The three MicroEssentials formulas, SZ™ (12-40-0-10S-1Zn), S15™ (13-33-0-15S) and S10™ (12-40-0-10S), supply the nutrients needed for a variety of crops and soil conditions.

With improved air quality standards, sulfur emissions have been greatly reduced, which has decreased the amount of sulfur that is deposited by rainfall. This creates the need to have more readily available sulfur in our soils. MicroEssentials supplies the soil with two forms of sulfur: sulfate sulfur and elemental sulfur. Sulfate sulfur provides plants with the sulfur they need at the beginning of the season, whereas elemental sulfur oxidizes throughout the growing season to provide a season-long supply of sulfur, from planting to maturity.

“At CHS, we believe in innovation and being progressive; we’re proud to have partners like Mosaic that bring value to our customers,” says Chris Barge, sales agronomist for CHS in Moccasin, Montana. “By using MicroEssentials SZ, we can guarantee that every plant is getting the nutrients it needs. At the end of the day, we’re all making decisions that are helping to feed our world.”

For more information about MicroEssentials, talk to your local retailer or visit

About MicroEssentials®

MicroEssentials® is a proprietary fertilizer specially formulated for use on most crops. Through Mosaic’s patented Fusion® technology process, nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), sulfur (S) and zinc (Zn) are fused into a nutritionally balanced granule, creating a single source for balanced crop nutrition. Learn more about MicroEssentials at

©2016 The Mosaic Company. All rights reserved. SZ, S10 and S15 are trademarks and Fusion and MicroEssentials are registered trademarks of The Mosaic Company. 

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