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Most of the time bulk is the cheapest way to go, sometimes however, bulk totes can be more appropriate for your needs at almost as good a price.
The easiest to handle are 50 lb bags, they come on pallets. Some products are available in bulk as well as bulk bags of 1 ton or more and on pallets of 50 lb bags. You can order from the Fertilizer Brokerage quantities of 4 ton or more.
A full truckload will always have a cost/ton ratio which is lower than a partial truckload. One way to save is to order a truckload along with a friend or neighbor who can also use the product and thereby splitting the cost of freight between you.
The system we've set up to give you the best pricing possible.
The brokerage is a service of International Ag Labs located in Fairmont, MN. All orders are prepaid and subject to confirmation. By doing this we can usually get better pricing, but not always... we try our best.
There are several ways you can make your prepayment, but please let us know at the Fertilizer Brokerage that you have decided to make an order based on the quote received and we will give you a purchase order number which will help facilitate the process and thereby confirming it.
Be sure and put the purchase order number on the memo of your check or mention it in your communication to facilitate the transaction.
Payment is made out to:
International Ag Labs
If you have any questions please call:
Contact Jon Frank or MerriDee at the office number above for details or any questions on how to prepay. These prices are only good for a short period of time and subject to change without notice. Orders will be invoiced at price in effect at time of shipment.
Getting your product to you in the safest, most economical and appropriate mode of transport.
When you order a truckload of fertilizer, or even if you just want to know how much a load of a particular fertilizer might cost you delivered, we have to decide the best way to get it to you.
If it is a bulk dry fertilizer, we can haul it in bulk hopper bottom (aka belly dump) trailers at about 25 ton per truckload, this is the best & most economical way to haul bulk. However, if you want the product dumped in a nice neat pile, you would be better served by requesting an end-dump trailer. They cost a little more & deliver a little less (22-23 ton/load) but you will have the pile where you need it. Also some powder fertilizers, such as the Idaho soft rock phosphate are better delivered in an end-dump trailer as it tends to pack & become difficult to unload in a hopper-bottom or belly-dump trailer.
Liquid fertilizers are delivered in tanker trucks and some are even available in totes with capacities ranging from 220 to 275 gallons per tote depending on the product.
Certain dry products that are water soluble are better transported in dry vans to keep them from getting wet. That said, at certain times of the year dry vans are hard to come by. A typical dry van will carry 21-22 ton of product.
Depending on the time of year the region, we can also move these products fairly safely in a well-tarped flatbed trailer. The advantage to this is that a flatbed can easily haul a bigger payload, getting you 23-24 ton of product at sometimes a better cost/ton ratio than the dry van.
One factor that can affect the cost of shipping that you have some control over is timing. If you wait til the last minute to order your fertilizers for the Fall or Spring, you can be sure there are a lot of others trying to do the same.
This is great news for the freight companies as according to the law of supply and demand, the cost of freight just goes up. That is why some of our suppliers offer their products at lower prices in the off season.
Did you know you can usually order gypsum or lime at $4-6/ton and sometimes even $10/ton less in the summer & winter months versus trying to order it in the busy Spring & Fall season? And during those slow summer months, freight prices seem more reasonable and there are fewer delays due to lack of trucks.
Fertilizer Facts -- Useful information on the fertilizers that we broker.
Sized to blend well with most other agricultural grade nutrient sources and performs well in broadcast spreaders. Typical SGN 325
Suitable for blends typically used in horticulture. Also well suited for direct application fertilization, especially slow release. Typical SGN 140
By Jon Frank, International Ag Labs
For years International Ag Labs has been preaching the merits of potassium sulfate in place of potassium chloride i.e. potash. Here are 7 quick reasons I came up with to support that claim.
1) More Energy for the Money
Commercial fertilizers are concentrated packages of energy. This energy is looked as either producing growth/vegetation or as reproductive/producing seed. Let’s never forget that energy is what grows a crop. Energy is associated with the elements in the fertilizers. Here is the bottom line: One dollar spent on potassium sulfate (K2SO4) will purchase less fertilizer by weight than will one dollar spent on potassium chloride (KCl) but the one dollar spent on potassium sulfate will buy significantly more crop growth energy. Here's why: 47% of potassium chloride is chloride and useless as an element for crop production. In contrast 100% of potassium sulfate is useable by the plant.
2) Lower Salt Index
The salt index is an easy way to judge how damaging a fertilizer is to plant roots and its impact on germination. The higher the salt index the more it can damage roots and kill emerging seedlings resulting in a lower plant population. Potassium sulfate at 46 is less than half of potassium chloride at 116.
3) Better Uptake of Potassium
Proper uptake of potassium requires it to be in the phosphate of potassium form. When there is an excess of chlorides the bonding of potassium with phosphate is blocked. The end result is less potassium uptake into the plant in the preferred form. The high level of chlorides in the soil solution following an application of potassium chloride undermines the very reason it was applied for. The sulfate form does not overwhelm the soil solution with chloride ions and consequently more potassium is taken up by the plant in the phosphate of potassium form.
4) Microbial Stimulation vs. Microbial Suppression
Sulfates have a stimulating effect on the microbial system in the soil, whereas chlorides at high levels are very hard on soil biology and is never recommended by International Ag Labs. In defense of chlorides I must say that a very small amount is actually beneficial for soil microbes. This modest requirement is easily met by the small amount of chlorides present in potassium sulfate. Chlorides usually run 1-2% in potassium sulfate. High rates of chlorides destroy soil carbons.
5) Plants and Soils Need the Sulfur
Most intensely-farmed soils are sulfur deficient. In the past rainfall picked up sulfur out of the air and continuously supplied sulfur with every precipitation. Today with stringent environmental codes and cleaned up smoke stacks the free sulfur is a thing of the past. In order for plants to make oils and sulfur bearing amino acids such as cysteine and methionine the plants need an adequate supply of sulfur in the sulfate form. This is exactly what potassium sulfate supplies.
6) Better Palatability
Forages, vegetables, and fruit taste poorly when the potassium comes from potassium chloride. This happens because, like it or not, chlorides are also taken up by the plants. Apples regularly sprayed with calcium chloride taste like ____. Instead use Amaze for calcium.
7) Less is More
The application of 100 lbs. of potassium sulfate will give a greater plant response than 200 lbs. of potassium chloride. We have found that 100 lbs. of potassium sulfate is quite sufficient for most crops. The only exception to this is high-value, potassium-loving crops such as tomatoes, potatoes, pumpkins, and melons where 200-300 lbs. are used per acre.
One of our suppliers is offering a “low odor” composted chicken manure that is naturally high in calcium. The calcium will help flocculate soils and create a better environment for enhanced root development. The analysis of available NPK is at the rate of 2-4-3.
Healthy soils are the key to producing high yields and this organic composted chicken manure provides the nutrients and organic matter to help improve soil tilth. It really is a great way to reintroduce biologically active organic matter into the soil!
It is OMRI certified and a pretty easy product to spread with a relatively low odor compared to other manures. It is also available in a pelletized form as well as non-pelletized. The pellets cannot be left outside.
Derived From: Aerobically Composted Chicken Manure (ACCM), this product is a natural source of high grade nutrients designed to replenish primary and secondary soil requirements. It is rich in organic matter. The screened compost (SS243) is available but usually not on short notice. It is not pelletized. This product is organic. The lead time on this product is a few weeks out. Keep in mind this supplier is only able to produce around 1200 to 1500 tons annually. During Fall & Spring seasons this material gets tight, however and I would anticipate prices going up not down in the future.
Here is what I have learned about spreading blends in a spreader:
The SGN of the turf grade we are offering in the blend is actually 220 SGN, not 140 SGN, so it is a bit bigger but not as big as the ag granular which is 320 SGN. So when combined in a spreader, the two blends will tend to separate somewhat because the MAP will spread up to 40 ft while the smaller SOP granule of the turf grade will only spread about 30 ft. The solution is to drive every 20 ft. rather than every 40 ft. & spread twice. It is good stuff, but it won’t spread as uniformly as if it were the ag granular size.
Any further questions on spreading can be taken by Wendell at 507-235-6909, he is a farmer and knows more than I do!
Q: How much faster will the bulk dry composted break down than the pelletized chicken manure? Also how much is available the first year? At an application rate of 2 ton/acre what percent? How much does one need to apply every year to build up the soil?
A: As a general rule we see approximately 50% availability in the first year. As far as the time it takes for one or the other to break down, we don't think break down time will be much different; same product, just a different form. We do see stronger soil food web lab results in screened compost vs. pelletized.
One ton per acre is the standard rate most use. 2 tons will pose no problems and will likely be beneficial to the soil building process and provide additional nutrition helpful to many crops.
Note: Chicken manure is a very useful fertilizer to use when Phosphorous is less than 100 lbs. per acre on the International Ag Labs soil test.
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