Nov9ThuField Notes November 9, 2017 Joe Pflum, Northeast US Sales Agronomist
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Many of us take for granted Nitrogen and its impact on agriculture. It is the largest man-made macro element utilized in production agriculture. Nitrogen products come in three types: solid granule, liquid solutions, and anhydrous ammonia gas. Without Nitrogen’s synthetic production we would not be able to grow the number of crops on the acre we currently do.
Fritz Haber, a German Chemist, discovered The Haber Process and first successfully perfected it in the summer of 1909. In 1913, Carl Bosch further developed the process into an industrial scale. Even though some Fritz Haber achievements were not always used for the betterment of mankind, The Haber Process of pulling nitrogen from thin air is undoubtedly one of the most import advancements in agriculture. During the time of the Haber discovery Europe was facing famine. Without being able to produce enough food to feed the population, The Haber Process allowed for greater crop yield. One hundred plus years later we still use the basis of The Haber Process to produce nitrogen fertilizer.
For more information and sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haber_process