Innovation at Mosaic
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Innovation at The Mosaic Company

Helping the world grow the food it needs requires an inventive spirit, a commitment to new technology, and a willingness to approach challenges differently. As one of the world’s largest producers and marketers of concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients, Mosaic works to deliver continuous innovation at every level of our operations.

Premium Product Innovation

New product research and development at Mosaic is a rigorous and disciplined process. We use the Stage-Gate® model for generating ideas, formulating products, and testing those products in multiple geographies around the world. In 2014, Mosaic conducted more than 500 efficacy trials with highly regarded private researchers and universities, as well as customers and growers. Specific product innovation focus areas include:

  • Developing premium phosphate products
  • Developing muriate of potash (MOP) products that add incremental value
  • Providing products that deliver enhanced efficiency of nutrients to crops
  • Promoting balanced crop nutrition practices that deliver the right ratio of nutrients to optimize yield and profitability

Mosaic’s portfolio of commodity and premium fertilizer products matches the sophistication of today's most advanced plant genetics, crop protection and equipment technologies.

MicroEssentials® and Aspire®

Crops require balanced crop nutrition to deliver maximum yields. In addition to the three primary crop nutrients, nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K), plants need micronutrients in the right ratios.

The increasing need for micronutrients led Mosaic to pioneer the development of the industry’s first premium fertilizer product, MicroEssentials®. Produced using our patented Fusion® technology, MicroEssentials is a unique, nutritionally balanced fertilizer granule containing N, P, sulfur and zinc. MicroEssentials enables uniform nutrient distribution, improved nutrient uptake and provides season-long sulfur availability with two forms of sulfur—both sulfate and elemental. MicroEssentials increases corn yields an average of 7.2 bushels per acre vs. traditional fertilizer. Dig in for more product research and technology at MicroEssentials.com.

Boron is the second most widespread nutritional deficiency worldwide, following zinc. In 2014, we introduced Aspire®, which delivers potash and boron in one granule through our innovative Nutriform® Technology process. By combining potash and boron in one granule, Aspire reduces the risk of uneven application, saving time in the field and improving nutrient use. Learn more at AspirePotash.com.

Process Innovation Delivers Greater Efficiency and Shareholder Value

At Mosaic, innovation extends beyond new product development, and into the way we do our work. We continually seek to increase efficiencies through process improvement—which increases shareholder value and reduces our environmental impact.

Cogeneration: By recovering waste heat in our operations, we generate clean, emission-free electrical energy. In 2013, we produced enough electricity—approximately 6.24 million gigajoules—through cogeneration to satisfy 44 percent of our companywide electrical demand. Through this process, we avoided the equivalent of 1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions—which equates to taking 100,000 cars off the road. Read more >>

Water Recycling and Reuse: Mosaic reused or recycled approximately 90% of water used at Florida phosphate and Saskatchewan potash operations in 2014. We continue to seek new ways of reducing our water footprint every year. Read more >>

Potash Mine Expansions: Sinking the new K3 mine shaft at Esterhazy is part of Mosaic’s multi-year potash expansion—and has required ingenuity from every team involved. Standing 374 feet high, the K3 production headframe will house and operate the massive hoist and skips that bring potash to the surface from nearly a kilometer underground. Watch Video >>

Land Reclamation: In our Florida phosphate operations, we work to implement effective, acre-for-acre methods of returning mined lands to productive uses for both wildlife and people. Our teams of professional biologists, ecologists, hydrologists and other specialists take great pride in the exceptional quality of our reclamation work, and we focus on creating successful, sustainable wildlife habitats and land suitable for agriculture and other diverse uses.

Supply Chain: We are engaged in a number of innovative supply chain initiatives. In 2013, Mosaic completed the conversion to a natural gas-powered truck fleet for raw materials and finished products in our Central Florida operations. This results in a 20 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from our trucks, and based on forecasted shipping volumes, we estimate this change will save at least $1 million annually.

Manufacturing: Through an agreement with an industrial partner in Saskatchewan, our Belle Plaine potash solution mining facility sends water to be used in a cooling process at a nearby plant. The heated water returns to Mosaic's facility to be used as part of the potash production process. This synergy allows Mosaic to reduce the amount of energy that would have otherwise been spent on heating the water while allowing the industrial partner to avoid cooling costs. Each year, this arrangement allows Mosaic to save approximately 665,760 gigajoules in indirect energy consumption.

Innovation Through Partnership

At Mosaic, we recognize the power of good partnerships. When we join forces with others who share our vision of a more food-secure world, great things can happen in the areas of environmental stewardship, sustainable agriculture, new product development and community investment.

The Mosaic Villages Project: In many areas of the world smallholder farmers are trapped in a cycle of insufficient crop yields and poverty. Generally living on one acre of land or less, they often struggle simply to feed themselves. With the world's ever-growing population, helping smallholders become more productive is imperative. The Mosaic Villages Project demonstrates how fertilizer can act as an injection of capital into the local economy by helping small farmers in India and Guatemala through no-interest loans for fertilizer—which are repaid after harvest. Read more >>

Mosaic’s Florida Hunger-Relief Forum: Mosaic’s second annual Florida Hunger Relief Forum brought together state and local policymakers, food and nutrition experts, and business and community leaders on Hunger Action Day, Sept. 4, 2014. More than 200 attendees gathered in Bradenton, Fla., to learn about Florida’s critical food access and nutrition challenges and work together to drive advocacy and action on hunger issues. Watch video >>

Habitat for Humanity Regina: Lack of affordable housing is a critical community issue in Saskatchewan. Since 2007, Mosaic has supported Habitat for Humanity Regina and the work it does to create positive change for deserving families. In 2014, 110 Mosaic employees volunteered more than 800 hours to help improve the quality of life for our neighbors through Habitat for Humanity Regina. Since 2011, we have helped build 87 homes in Moose Jaw, Regina, Saskatoon and Yorkton. Read more >>

4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program: Initiative to pilot a nutrient application standard encouraging agricultural retailers, service providers and other certified professionals in Indiana, Ohio and Michigan—where surrounding waters drain into the Western Lake Erie Basin—to adopt proven best practices through the 4Rs, which refers to using the Right Nutrient Source at the Right Rate and Right Time in the Right Place.

Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture: Field To Market® is a diverse alliance working to create opportunities across the agricultural supply chain for continuous improvements in productivity, environmental quality, and human wellbeing. The group provides collaborative leadership that is engaged in industry-wide dialogue, grounded in science, and open to the full range of technology choices.

Research Partnerships: Over time, Mosaic has built collaborative research relationships with key crop nutrition experts from around the world. These include but are not limited to:

  • Mosaic Fertilizer Research and Technology Centre at the University of Adelaide, Australia
  • Dr. Ismail Cakmak at Sabanci University in Istanbul, Turkey
  • Dr. Fred Below at the University of Illinois-Champaign