Source: Illinois Department of Agriculture

As farmers finish this year's harvest and start to prepare their fields for next year's crops, the Illinois Department of Agriculture and Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association (IFCA) are urging caution when applying anhydrous ammonia fertilizer.

Anhydrous ammonia provides nitrogen, an essential nutrient for crop growth, to soil and is applied in the spring and fall. But, because it is stored and handled under high pressure, the fertilizer also is potentially hazardous. To remind farmers and agrichemical dealers of the proper safety procedures to follow when applying ammonia, the department and IFCA have developed a full-color brochure that highlights common transportation and application mistakes. Accidents that occurred in the spring of 2010 are featured in detail, followed by recommendations that may have prevented them. 

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