Officials Outline Procedures For Handling Ammonia

Illinois officials are urging farmers not to apply post-harvest fertilizer too early.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture and the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association have teamed up on a brochure about proper application of anhydrous ammonia.

Anhydrous ammonia provides nitrogen — an essential nutrient for crops — and is applied in spring and fall. But it’s potentially hazardous because it is stored and handled under high pressure.

The brochure describes proper safety procedures as well as details about accidents that occurred last spring and actions that might have prevented them.

Officials recommend no ammonia applications before the second week of October in northern Illinois, the third week in central Illinois, and no fall applications in southern Illinois south of Illinois 16.

(Source: Associated Press)

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