Food Companies
Be confident in your suppliers’ progress.

You’re taking the right steps toward reducing risk for your supply chain and reputation by improving America’s water and air quality. You’ve set goals to source more sustainably produced crops, and you’re letting your suppliers know what you expect from them. There’s a hitch in the next phase of the plan, though: it’s hard to claim you’re making progress toward those goals when your suppliers don’t know what tools to recommend to farmers or the best way to measure and report improvements in nutrient use efficiency.

NutrientStar solves this problem. When you tell suppliers to use fertilizer more efficiently, you can recommend they use NutrientStar-reviewed tools – not only to guide farmers’ fertilizer use and so ensure a reliable supply of more sustainably grown crops, but also to provide the proof you need that you’re achieving corporate sustainability goals.

Resources
Tool Finder

What you can do:
  • Talk to the NutrientStar team about how to interpret results of the reviews, so you know which tools can benefit your company.
  • Explore the big picture of fertilizer in the supply chain.
  • Advise your suppliers to use NutrientStar-reviewed tools so the fertilizer efficiency goals are understood.
  • Tell suppliers you expect them to verify their progress by using those same tools.

Agribusinesses
When your tool earns our confidence, it will earn everyone else’s, too.

With so many existing and emerging tools and products available to help farmers improve fertilizer efficiency, save money, improve soil health and increase yields, farmers and their crop advisors don’t know which tools to trust. As the market for nutrient management tools continues to grow, you need a new way to differentiate yourself.

If your tool is designed to boost nutrient use efficiency, submit it to NutrientStar for assessment. NutrientStar review and sharing of performance data assures your potential customers (and competitors) that your tool works as advertised. You’ll position yourself as a leader in the market as more and more farmers begin to use your tool and realize its benefits.

Submitting your tool starts the review process, which can be collaborative and iterative: the NutrientStar team will work with you throughout the process and suggest ways to obtain additional data needed to complete the evaluation. You can submit a tool at any point in its development, and before or after you have published data from your own product testing. When you engage us earlier in development, our review panel can give you valuable feedback for increasing your tool’s effectiveness going forward.

Resources
NutrientStar standards (PDF)
NutrientStar assessment form (PDF)

What you can do:

Crop Advisors/ Agricultural Service Providers
Be confident in your recommendation.

Farmers come to you for the latest and most reliable information about nutrient management. It’s an important role, and NutrientStar is here to help you do your job even better. How? We provide you with valuable information on what is known about the performance of a nutrient management tool or product, so you can confidently recommend tools to your customers.

NutrientStar does the research for you. The experts on our independent review panel examine how well each tool performs in production scale field trials by measuring nutrient use efficiency before and after the tool is implemented. We have developed replicated strip trial protocol that closely mirrors established university guidelines, and we examine data in the context of weather conditions for that season. Plus, we assess tools based on geographic region, so you’ll know which tools perform the best in your area, for your customers.

They’ll profit with highly effective tools. You’ll profit by growing your position as a trusted advisor.

Resources
NutrientStar standards (PDF)
Tool Finder
NutrientStar assessment form (PDF)

What you can do:
  • Review the NutrientStar standards and protocols to get familiar with the review process.
  • Learn which tools on the market have already been reviewed by NutrientStar or are in the process of review.
  • Start recommending high-performing NutrientStar-reviewed tools to farmers.

Farmers
Put your confidence in NutrientStar reviewed tools.

Fertilizer is so important, but it’s easy to overdo it. Or underdo it. Or lose it. If you’re like the average grain farmer, half your input costs go toward fertilizer, yet nearly half your fertilizer is lost to the water or air before your plants can use it.

NutrientStar exists to help you find the right nutrient management tool or product for your farm, the one that will help you apply fertilizer in the most efficient way possible to maximize its results and lower your input costs, all while protecting the water, air and soil that together make up the land you call home.

NutrientStar does the trial and error for you. We use a science-based, proven process to measure just how well nutrient management tools do their jobs and determine the circumstances where they perform best. When you see the results for a tool or product on the NutrientStar website, you'll know what benefits that tool or product can potentially deliver.

Resources
Tool Finder

What you can do:
  • Request high-performing NutrientStar-reviewed tools from your local crop advisor or ag service provider.
  • Use high-performing NutrientStar-reviewed tools with confidence and see the difference in your bottom line and the health of your land.