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The Fertilizer Institute (TFI), along with the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), The Nature Conservancy and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), have announced the organizations and products selected for phase two trials in the Next Gen Fertilizer Challenges

Collectively, the challenges aim to accelerate the development of innovative fertilizer product technologies and to increase the use of existing enhanced efficiency fertilizers (EEFS) that maintain or increase crop yields and reduce environmental impacts to air, land and water. The organizations partnered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on the challenges. 

The first of two Next Gen Fertilizer Challenges, EEFs: Agronomic and Environmental Challenge, aims to identify existing EEFs currently on or near-market that meet or exceed certain environmental and agro-economic criteria. Phase one included review and selection of product nominations by an expert judging panel. Phase two, to be initiated this spring, will include greenhouse trial evaluations of the winning products by researchers at IFDC. The products will be evaluated based on environmental, agronomic and economic performance factors.


EEFs and other new product technologies and formulations control fertilizer release or alter reactions to increase nutrient uptake by the plant and reduce nutrient losses to the environment. These technologies can be an important addition to a conservation practice system that helps reduce row crop agriculture impacts on the environment, while maintaining or increasing agricultural productivity and profitability.


The winning companies/products:

AgroLiquid: Pro-Germinator

CHS Agronomy: Trivar

Corteva Agriscience: Optinyte

EuroChem Agro: ENTEC

Harrell’s: POLYON

Koch Company Services: CENTURO

Koch Company Services: SUPERU

MicroSource: Hi-Test

Nutrien: ESN

Pursell Agri-Tech: PurYield

Renuvix: Renuvix CRFs


The Andersons: Struvite DG

Timac Agro USA: Duo Maxx

Timac Agro USA: Top-Phos

Verdesian Life Sciences: AVAIL


The second component of the Next Gen Fertilizer Innovation Challenge will identify novel pre-market technologies for fertilizers that can reduce the environmental effects from modern agriculture while maintaining or increasing crop yields. Winners are expected to be announced in spring 2021.


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