The 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program has announced that the Helena Chemical Company Continental facility has been added to its growing list of nutrient service providers to achieve certified status.
The voluntary certification program, now in its fourth year, is a concentrated effort by the agriculture industry to significantly reduce and prevent applied nutrients from running off fields, which has contributed to water quality issues in Lake Erie and other waterways across Ohio.
“At Helena, the 4Rs is not a one application practice, but a year-round approach to growing an efficient crop,” said Aaron Siebeneck, CCA, agri-intelligence specialist for Helena Chemical. “From accurate fertility recommendations to placing the right foliar product during the growing season, Helena has created a full season approach to the 4R practices.”
Helena Chemical in Continental, Ohio began business in Paulding, Putnam and surrounding counties in 2010 after acquiring Progressive Ag. Helena Chemical is a full-service operation offering custom application, seed, fertilizer, chemical, farm supplies, Helena crop insurance and Helena products. The Continental facility currently has 11 employees, with a full-time crop insurance agent, precision ag specialist and three Certified Crop Advisers. With a seasonal location in Latty, Ohio, Helena has the capability to serve customers over a larger area with efficient logistics during busy seasons.
“At Helena, it is always about using the right product at the right time with the right rate, placed in the best possible location,” said Siebeneck. “From the smallest yard to the largest field, Helena truly cares about protecting our environment and maintaining a balanced fertility program.”
The 4R program certifies nutrient service providers in the Western Lake Erie Basin and across the state of Ohio that apply or make recommendations are doing so in accordance with 4R Nutrient Stewardship principles – which refers to using the Right Source of Nutrients at the Right Rate and Right Time in the Right Place. Program participants must go through an annual, independent, third-party audit and demonstrate they not only understand 4R principles, but also follow them.
Approximately 2.8 million acres and nearly 6,000 grower customers are serviced by the 44 facilities in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana that have earned 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification
“The Nutrient Stewardship Council is proud of Helena Chemical’s efforts in earning certification in this voluntary program, ” said Carrie-Vollmer Sanders, Nutrient Stewardship Council chairwoman.
The 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program is governed and guided by the Nutrient Stewardship Council, a diverse set of stakeholders from business, government, university and non-governmental sectors with a common goal of maintaining agricultural productivity while also improving the quality of Lake Erie and its contributing watersheds. The program is administered by the Ohio AgriBusiness Association. For more information, visit 4Rcertified.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 614-326-7520.
PHOTO CUTLINE: Helena Chemical Company Continental facility is now 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certified. Employees pictures (from L to R) include: Dick Morgan, Aaron Siebeneck, Kenny Troyer, Mary Gaylk, Wayne Noffsinger, Steve Troyer, Stan Smith, Jeremy Troyer (not pictured Blane Fickel, Bryant Troyer)