Author Archives: Matthew J. Grassi

About Matthew J. Grassi

Grassi is the Assistant Editor for the CropLife Media Group, including CropLife and CropLife IRON magazines and the PrecisionAg Special Reports. He joined the staff in February 2012.

Tragic Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion Raises Questions, No Answers Yet

With mainstream media outlets jumping all over anhydrous ammonia and ammonium nitrate fertilizer as possible causes of the tragic West Fertilizer Co. plant explosion, fertilizer industry leadership is urging patience and open-mindedness as the investigation proceeds. “We have no official statement at the moment,” says Kevin Runkle director of regulatory affairs, Illinois Fertilizer And Chemical

Hintzsche: An Untraditional Family Business

From the minute one ducks inside its Maple Park, IL, headquarters, it’s clear that Hintzsche Fertilizer Inc. is doing a traditional family business on a larger scale – and with much success. It starts at the very top with CEO and president David Hintzsche’s approachable, seemingly easy-going manner and trickles down throughout the organization, from

Scouting Picking Up Steam

While we all can agree that weed resistance is a bane modern agriculture must eventually snuff out, it is making crop scouting services more relevant (and profitable for retailers) going forward, according to Betsy Bowers, agronomist at Ceres Solutions. “­­Glyphosate definitely changed the game of weed scouting,” she says. “Before it was no longer important

N Stabilizers In Play

As highlighted in our final CropLife Media Group e-newsletter of 2012, the third most searched term on our site this past year was nitrogen. One of nature’s most basic and prolific elements is a hot item right now and should continue to be so as growers strive for continued yield growth hand over fist. Naturally

Central Valley Ag Cooperative: Positioned For Success

Upon arrival one can’t help but notice the pioneering spirit that pervades Central Valley Ag Cooperative’s (CVA) Oakland location in northeastern Nebraska. It was, after all, once upon a time that Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery Expedition passed through these very parts as the explorers followed the meandering Missouri River on their now-historic journey

Herbicides For 2013: Loading Up The Arsenal

Despite some pushback from the drought, increased awareness surrounding weed resistance and high commodity prices made 2012 a solid year for herbicide sales, according to industry experts. Likewise, 2013 looks to continue that trend as products composed of three or more modes of action and offering enhanced application flexibility enjoy increased adoption in the market.