The 4R philosophy is an innovative and science-based approach that offers enhanced environmental protection, increased production, increased farmer profitability, and improved sustainability.
The concept is to use the:
RIGHT FERTILIZER SOURCE, at the
RIGHT RATE, at the
RIGHT TIME, with the
For fertilizer use to be sustainable, it must support cropping systems that provide economic, social, and environmental benefits. On the other hand, poorly managed nutrient applications can decrease profitability and increase nutrient losses, potentially degrading water and air.
Other agronomic and conservation practices, such as no-till farming and the use of cover crops, play a valuable role in supporting 4R nutrient stewardship. As a result, fertilizer best management practices (BMPs) are most effective when applied with other agronomic and conservation practices.
THE 4R MISSION
Fertilizer is a component of sustainable crop production systems, and the fertilizer industry recognizes the need to efficiently utilize these nutrients. The guidelines for the 4R principles are endorsed and supported by the International Plant Nutrition Institute, The Fertilizer Institute, The Canadian Fertilizer Institute, and the International Fertilizer Industry Association.
For more information visit: www.nutrientstewardship.com.
Luckey Farmers, Inc. takes great pride in being a strong supporter of our producers, community, and environment through the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Standard that we adopted in 2015.
If you are working with a Luckey Farmers agronomist and have been asked to sign the form acknowledging that you understand that Luckey Farmers has made you aware of our recommendations and have an overall understanding of the program. You may fill out the form online here.