Issue 9 2019
The Agricultural Alphabet of success begins with Agronomy
ICL Polysulphate's European agronomy team

A is for agronomy, the starting point of good agriculture. It is the science of soil management and crop production and it’s why we have agronomy as the starting point for how we develop our Polysulphate crop nutrition products and advice.

We have a great team of Polysulphate agronomists on the ground. Their typical working days are a wonderful mix of groundwork, in every sense of the phrase. They work on the land devising and monitoring research trials on farm and they also do that other important ‘groundwork’ of networking with as many farmers and farm advisors as possible to show and share the benefits of Polysulphate. They are at work in UK, China, Brazil, Kenya, France, Germany, The Netherlands and Latin America. This month our team will expand when we are joined by two newcomers working in India and Europe.

A new short film illustrates the work of one of our agronomists, and shows the testing and sharing of the benefits of Polysulphate fertilizer.

Helping farmers fulfil their crop yield potential

For a glimpse of the working life of a Polysulphate agronomist take a look at a short film, just released by us. Of all our agronomists worldwide, none is closer to the start of the Polysulphate supply chain than the UK’s Scott Garnett. In his film Scott shows how, from his base at ICL’s Boulby mine on the north east UK coast, he is in close touch with the people and processes that get polyhalite rock from deep below ground up to the surface and on its way as Polysulphate fertilizer to farmers in the UK and all over the world. He shows you his work setting up field trials and analyzing results. You also meet one of the UK farmers convinced by the agronomic results to become a Polysulphate fertilizer user.

Agronomy is not just the preserve of professional agronomists. The best of farmers and growers use a set of agronomic skills to precisely measure and manage their soil for their crops’ productivity, to fuel the inter-relationship between available nutrition and crop health and growth. It is what is driving the adoption of Polysulphate for delivering the right balance of key crop nutrients and at the right time for when crops need it. But in this day and age, when achieving sustainable productive agriculture is more important than ever, would it be good if everyone along the food supply chain – from farmer to consumer – had a little agronomic understanding?

In the meantime, we continue to respect, rely and adhere to the foundation stone, the scientific basis, the alphabetic starting point of good agriculture: agronomy and the good work of our Polysulphate agronomists.

To see the film about ICL Agronomist Scott Garnett and our other films visit our YouTube channel

Link to Scott’s film

Scott Garnett checking root development in winter wheat after the application of Polysulphate.
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Mined in the UK, ICL is the first – and only - producer in the world to mine polyhalite, marketed as Polysulphate