COLUMBUS, Ohio — The 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program has announced that the Mid-Wood, Inc. Bascom facility has been added to its growing list of nutrient service providers to achieve certified status.
The voluntary certification program, now in its fifth year, is a concentrated effort by the agriculture industry to significantly reduce and prevent applied nutrients from running off fields, which has contributed to water quality issues in Lake Erie and other waterways across Ohio.
“At Mid-Wood agronomy, we have always strived to follow the 4R’s to be good stewards of the land,” said Susie Coppus, branch manager for Mid-Wood Bascom. “The Bascom branch has been working with Partnership for Ag Resource Management for years, assisting in keeping the nutrients on the field for the crop instead of draining into nearby waterways. The 4R Program is a way for us to educate everyone on how we all can help to limit further nutrient drainage into surrounding water systems.”
Bascom Fertilizer started as part of Bascom Elevator & Supply Cooperative. After Bascom Elevator’s 100th anniversary in 2013, the facility merged with Mid-Wood, Inc. Mid-Wood Bascom provides fertilizer needs, crop protection products and custom services, grid sampling, tissue sampling, VRT spreading and all seed needs, including cover crop seed and information.
“Being 4R Certified shows me that they are the whole package,” said Dave Cassidy, farmer and Mid-Wood customer. “I know with their service and expertise, they will help me progress further with my nutrient management.”
The 4R Program certifies nutrient service providers in the Western Lake Erie Basin and across the state of Ohio that apply or make recommendations are doing so in accordance with 4R Nutrient Stewardship principles – which refers to using the Right Source of Nutrients at the Right Rate and Right Time in the Right Place. Program participants must go through an annual, independent, third-party audit and demonstrate they not only understand 4R principles, but also follow them.
Approximately 2.91 million acres and more than 6,300 grower customers are serviced by the 50 facilities in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana that have earned 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification.
“The Nutrient Stewardship Council is proud of Mid-Wood Bascom facility’s efforts in earning certification in this voluntary program,” said Andrew Allman, executive director of the NSC.
— Ohio AgriBusiness Association