About Fertilizer Safety
Agriculturalists today are faced with the need to constantly enhance productivity. In fact, some experts state that “farmers will need to produce as much food, feed and fiber during the first half of this century as has been produced over the last 100 centuries combined to meet the growing [consumer] demand.” In order to meet this need, many conventional agriculture operations utilize chemical fertilizers to increase crop yield.
A report from the EPA lists the three major types of commercial fertilizers used in the U.S. as nitrogen, phosphate, and potash. If handled properly, these chemicals can certainly assist in increasing crop yields. However, if the danger of these chemicals is not respected, injuries will undoubtedly ensue. Following guidelines that cover proper storage, protective gear, maintenance, and first aid can steer farm workers away from fertilizer-related disasters, all while maintaining output goals.
Featured Fertilizer Safety Resources
Video: Fertilizer Safety and Security at the Forefront
Webinar: The Basics of Handling Sulfur Fertilizer
Brochure: Yara's Guide to Safe Farm Fertilizer Use
Article: Penn State Anhydrous Ammonia Safety
Article: Ammonia Fertilizer Chemical Safety
Article: Using Anhydrous Ammonia Safely on the Farm