Newly Released: 2018 Ag Retailer Products and Services Survey Report
In 2011, the Partnership for Ag Resource Management (PARM) initiated a project with Ohio ag retailers in the Sandusky River Watershed to identify, promote and track products and services that reduce phosphorus (P) and nitrogen (N) losses from cropland, improving water quality. Each year the results are compiled into the Ag Retailer Products and Services Survey Report. Click here to read the full 2018 report.
Ninety ag retailer locations representing over 5.3 million acres in the Great Lakes and Upper Mississippi River Basins participated. The PARM project has been surveying retailers in Ohio since 2012, in the entire Great Lakes Basin since 2015 and recently expanded to the Upper Mississippi in 2018.
Within Great Lakes states, serviced acres with cover crops increased from 11% to 20% from 2015 to 2018; rotational soil sampling from 56% to 66%; and weather consideration before fertilizer application from 39% to 86%.
Upper Mississippi states reported higher percentages of the following compared to the Great Lakes: rotational soil sampling, VRT phosphorus (P) and nitrogen (N) application, broadcast fertilizer incorporation, custom strip-till P and N, topdress P and N application, and GPS-guided application.
Based on averages from peer-reviewed publications, product and service sales reported by participating ag retailers reduced over six million pounds of total P, one million pounds of dissolved reactive P and 59 million pounds of total N from entering waterways!
Interested in Partnering with PARM?
Ag Retailers: Become a member and receive individual nutrient stewardship reports along with exclusive resources and tools to help you increase sales, track nutrient retention from those sales and train staff on the benefits of products and services you offer!
Organizations: Help support our goal to identify, promote, track and report on ag retailer products and services that keep nutrients on fields and out of waterways!