Meet the 2019 4R Advocate Farmers
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Meet the 2019 4R Advocate Farmers

May 20, 2019   |   ShareThis

Farmers have a lot to think about when it comes to fertilizer. When should it be applied, how much should be applied and where it should be applied are just a few complex—but crucial—decisions they have to make. At Mosaic, we think it’s important for farmers to understand not only how their fertilizer application decisions effect crop yields, but also how it impacts our environment and water quality. We’re dedicated to educating farmers and retailers about the 4R Nutrient Stewardship framework.

4R Nutrient Stewardship encompasses fertilizer best management practices to achieve cropping system goals, like maximizing profitability and protecting the environment. To achieve those goals, the 4Rs framework incorporates the Right nutrient source, at the Right rate, at the Right time and in the Right place.

The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) named five farmers and their retailer partners, as 2019 4R Advocates. The 4R Advocate program recognizes farmers and retailers who are leaders when it comes to implementing the 4Rs of Nutrient Stewardship on their fields. These farmers showcase real world examples of how successfully implementing the 4Rs can increase yields and profits, while reducing the impact on the environment.

Get to know the 2019 4R Advocate Farmers and their Retailer Partners

Danny Basham of Basham Farms, and Phillip Osborn with Nutrien Ag Solutions

Danny Basham, Jr. and his wife, Kali, operate a third generation farm covering 5,000 acres in Madisonville, Kentucky. While working with Phillip Osborn, yields have continued to increase 5 percent to 10 percent over the last six years with the incorporation of 4R nutrient stewardship practices. Because of Danny’s commitment to nutrient stewardship, in 2017, he received the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce Farmer of the Year award.

Michael Ganschow of Walnut, IL, and Malcom Stambaugh, crop advisor with Ag View FS

With more than 100 years in operation, the Ganschow family knows that changing management practices and ways of thinking is the only route to a resilient farming operation. Michael Ganschow is the 6th generation in his family to manage a 2,700 acre corn-soybean farm using new technology and knowledge to keep this farm productive for future generations. In partnership with his parents, they know that conservation and protection of their land can have lasting and positive impacts. For more than a decade, Michael and Malcolm have used precision and data to drive the 4R Nutrient Stewardship framework on the Ganschow farm to increase profitability, minimize environmental impact and improve soil health.

Dustin Grooms of Fancy Farms, Inc., and Jerrod Parker, crop advisor with Chemical Dynamics Inc.

Fancy farms started with 15 acres of strawberries in Plant City, Florida by Carl and Dee Grooms. Today, the 235 acre farm is managed by their son, Dustin. Together, Dustin with his crop advisor, Jerrod Parker, ensure that research-based approaches under the 4R nutrient framework are in place at all times through the growing season. This real-time customization of fertilizer applications increases nutrient use efficiency and reduces risk of potential nutrient losses.

Brian Herbek of W&J Farms, Inc., and Bill Nejezchleb, crop advisor with Fairfield Non Stock Coop

Brian Herbek, and his wife, Blythe operate a fifth-generation, 1,900 acre farm near Deweese, Nebraska. Over a 16-year farmer-retailer partnership, Brian, and Bill Nejezchleb, with Fairfield Non Stock Coop in Fairfield, continue to drive results with 4R practices. Their farm is located above the Ogallala Aquifer and with the benefits of the 4R nutrient stewardship framework, the Herbeks have been able to reduce the risk of nutrient losses to ground water.

Jonathan Quinn of Little Bohemia Creek Farms, and Kenny Glenn, crop advisor with Southern States Cooperative

Jonathan Quinn owns and operates a 2,350 acre fifth generation farm in Warwick, Maryland. Maryland law requires nutrient management plans on every farm acre and with the help of his crop advisor, Kenny Glenn, has been incorporating the 4R framework in the plans from the very start of the law. Jonathan and Kenny have been working together for over 20 years and continue to fine-tune their 4R approach to stay profitability.

For more information on the 4R advocate program and the 2019 award winners, please visit: