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"We're always dealing with factors we can't control, and we trust (Fertizona) to help us identify problems. This business is hard work, but it’s been a great ride."
"Fertizona does what it takes to help us in any way they can. They often get us the products we need within just a few hours of when we order them. Their service is excellent."
"I've never had to go outside of Fertizona for what I need. One of the best things about Ben (Hoyler) and Fertizona is that they treat my crops like they have an ownership stake in them."
"I really like Fertizona's way of doing business. They're honest and straight in their dealings with us, especially about trying new things. Some other companies will come in and try to sell you a magic potion or a silver bullet, but there aren't any. Fertizona has always been very supportive."
"Growing the best potatoes is very expensive, and we insist on using only top-quality fertilizers and other products. Fertizona is able to deliver exactly the products we need, when we need them, and their service is excellent."
"I've never really worked with anybody else but Fertizona ever since I got here (Harquahala Valley, AZ). They have great people, great service and competitive prices. I trust Fertizona for just about everything."
"Fertizona constantly goes above and beyond for our operation. We do a lot of business with them and they are always there for us with exceptional products and a high level of service. Fertizona even offers various financing programs for customers if needed."
"Fertizona gives us everything we need when we need it. We've worked with them for many years and we are extremely happy with their products and with the high level of service that they provide to us."
"I use Fertizona for my seed, fertilizer and other things and I don't really need to do business with anybody else. My field people count on Fertizona a lot, too. If I had to point to one thing that makes Fertizona better, it's their excellent service. The Comptons are a stand-up family and I really care about them."
"We rely on Kevin's (Walsh) expertise. With his knowledge and flexibility, he's really good about finding economical ways to keep our grass strong and healthy. Fertizona definitely gives us a bigger bang for our buck."
"Because of all the unique stuff we grow here, I often have to call, ask for for special fertilizers or chemicals and Compton Ag has always come through for me. I also really appreciate their involvement in our community. Compton Ag provides a lot of local support, especially for kids."
"The staff at Fertizona has deep knowledge of the products and labeling, which helps us avoid liability issues from mismanagement of chemicals. Plus, we've had a very high level of service from Fertizona. We know we can always count on Fertizona."
"Fertizona is a one-stop shop; they take the worry out of insect, weed and disease control. Getting all my fertilizers and pesticides from Fertizona helps me manage costs and allows me to be as efficient as possible."
"Fertizona has helped our business be more profitable. I enjoy doing business with them - they have great customer service, their prices are good and they have no problem locating products for me. I would recommend Fertizona to any grower."
The biggest news story of 2016 was obviously the election of Donald Trump. A lot of people weren't expecting that, which leads to the question of what can we expect now? How will a Trump administration affect agricultural policy, especially for the Southwest?
At the recent annual meeting of the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA), the Trump presidency was one of the main topics of conversation, with most people agreeing that it currently represents a lot of unknowns. In his run to the White House, Trump addressed a wide range of issues that involve us on a daily basis, such as regulatory relief, tax reform, immigration, healthcare, national infrastructure and trade. see more...
Some very serious challenges to consider are the rising trend of anti-globalization and uncertainties about international economic and political conditions. Today American agriculture is more export-dependent than ever, as expanding markets in the Far East and Middle East look to the U.S. for reliable sources of high-quality forage, fiber and other crops. Disruptions in those supply chains could have devastating results on local growers.
Other looming issues include what ARA President and CEO Daren Coppock called "regulatory underbrush" in the EPA and OSHA. In other words, we need to clear out unnecessary restrictions that get in the way of efficient progress. At the same time, we have to hope the government under Trump will continue to provide and support vital protections that agriculture needs, such as assuring proper maintenance of U.S. waterways and roadways so commodity shipments can keep flowing freely.
Even though the speakers and attendees at the ARA conference agreed we are entering a highly uncertain political cycle, they also felt that agriculture in 2017 is in good shape for smoothly making the transitions. Let's all do what we can to prove them right as the new administration gets underway. – Jim Compton see less
In certain businesses there’s a trend called “No Surprises Management.” There have been books written about it, and the concept is even popular enough to be known by its initials: NSM. The main idea behind No Surprises is to make processes as predictable and uniform as possible, and to keep bad news away.
Obviously the people who coined this phrase aren’t involved in agriculture. For us, surprises and unpredictable circumstances are part of our everyday life. From the weather to prices to insects to global markets or any other uncontrollable factors, successful growers and producers are the ones who know how to deal with the unexpected and roll with the punches . . . because there are always going to be surprises. see more...
Sometimes a surprise is good, like the recent bump in cotton prices or a stretch of unusually good weather, but the standard practice of many surprises is to catch us off guard and maybe cause trouble. That’s when you need to be able to adapt.
At Fertizona, part of our service goal is to be ready with back-up plans and contingency strategies for our customers. That might mean expanding our inventory to include products you may need if certain conditions were to happen, or simply doing our homework about possible challenges you could end up having to face, such as new insect pressures or weed resistance.
None of us can tell what, when or where the next surprise will be – that’s what makes them surprises – but at Fertizona, we’ll keep doing whatever we can to help you overcome the unexpected, without ever missing a beat. – Jim Compton see less
Lately, some people have been saying that this is a bad time to be a farmer. But depending on how you look at things, it's also a good time, because the need for productive agriculture has never been so great, and the demands are only increasing.
It's been estimated that by the year 2050, the Earth's population could reach 9 billion. I recently saw a report from a leading ag-chem distributor predicting that the world's growers will need to produce as much food in the next 50 years as their predecessors did in the previous 10,000 years. That's a staggering thought. So on one hand, you should congratulate yourselves – growers are the heroes of human civilization! see more...
But then the obvious questions remain about how to produce so much, and how to do it profitably and sustainably. That's where Fertizona wants to help, and fortunately, some of the world's smartest people are working on answers to those questions. Innovators are busy finding new ways to help you grow more crops on the same amount of land, with the same amount of effort. Some of the many ideas being explored are more efficient irrigation systems, better fertilizers, improved seed genetics and more, including advanced data analytics which will give growers new "precision agriculture" techniques that increase yields while lowering input costs.
Like the old expression says, tough times don't last, but tough people do. Our current conditions are pretty scary, but most of us have been through severe ups-and-downs before. Together we'll weather this storm, too. In good years and bad, remember that Fertizona's got your back, and we're constantly looking for ways to make things better for you. – Jim Compton see less
We have all been in construction zones with signs that say, "We're making improvements to serve you better." Well, that is what we are doing now at Fertizona.
In May we will be completing construction on a new 8,000 ton dry fertilizer storage facility in Casa Grande, and that will be very good for our customers. By increasing our inventory capacities, Fertizona can better provide you with uninterrupted fertilizer supplies. Our customers often remark that our service sets Fertizona apart. Important to our service to you is being able to provide products when they are needed.
Several factors motivated us to invest in this important upgrade. For one thing, we are constantly dealing with fluctuations in the nitrogen and phosphate markets. The new storage space will permit us to take advantage of off-season buying opportunities, allowing us to stock up on inventory. see more...
Another issue is rail delivery of product. Bulk shipments by railcar are the most cost-effective way to receive fertilizer. Spring months find us at the mercy of the railroad, as high Midwest demand creates railcar shortages. Shipments that usually take two to four weeks can take up to twice as long. Due to the distance from suppliers, trucking makes product too costly. With our increased storage capacity, we will be able to take off-season deliveries when railcar shortages are not as prevalent.
Fertizona is committed to working with you for the long run. We will continue to provide what you need, when you need it, in the most economical manner possible. We are making this improvement to better serve you. – Jim Compton see less
A newly released Bloomberg report about the state of global agriculture was far from encouraging. Focusing on key issues such as crop trends, production oversupply, currency valuations and corporate consolidations, a panel of industry experts chimed in with their predictions for 2016, which basically went from gloomy to gloomier. The short answer is that we can expect lower crop prices on most commodities next year, and possibly even beyond that.
So what should we do? First, nobody ever chose to go into agriculture because it was predictable. I would say that most growers went in with the idea of potential rewards that hard work and dedication produce. Realistically, we all are aware of the risk and downside that free markets bring. But that said, there's a lot you can do to help tip the scales in your favor. see more...
First and foremost is an informed decision. The Bloomberg report noted that many forwardthinking growers are actively seeking new kinds of opportunities to enhance their profit potential. One step mentioned was to reduce reliance on traditional fertilizers. For instance, among newer technologies are nitrogen stabilizers which act as an insurance policy by keeping nitrogen from leaching out before the plant can fully utilize it. In addition, products like Furst-Class Concentrate enhance nutrient uptake by utilizing certain amino acids and therefore improving the crop's overall health and vigor.
At Fertizona we constantly apply our company's group knowledge and our investment in new technologies to your advantage for better return on your investment. As the name of this publication implies, Growing Smarter is more than a cliché, it's a way of doing business. So let us help you Grow Smarter when you need it the most. – Jim Compton see less