Fertilizer Use in Southern Missouri
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Total fertilizer use in Missouri has trended upward from 1990 through 2000. Total tonnage used throughout the state in 1990 was 1,577,553 tons which was made up of 378,837 tons of Nitrogen, 158,972 tons of available phosphate, and 227,828 tons of soluble potash. 1996 showed an increase in tonnage to 1,611,227 total tons, but a combination of increase and decrease in components, 410,151 tons of Nitrogen, 156,058 tons of available phosphate, and 230,488 tons of soluble potash. The upward trend continued through 2000 with total tonnage 1,945,575 tons comprised of actual plant food: 474,334 tons nitrogen, 190,148 tons of available phosphate and 264,881 tons of soluble potash.