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Wedgworth | Big W Brand Fertilizers since 1932 – Florida and United States Fertilizer and Agriculture Specialists

About Us

With a rich history of farming and agricultural development, enhanced by the most progressive, efficient and ecologically sound processes in the industry, Wedgworth’s Inc. stands as a model for capability, efficiency and integrity in the blended fertilizer market.

Wedgworth’s focus on providing essential nutrients to the area farming and ranch lands, along with a reputation for delivering on-time, outstanding customer service and quality products has made the Wedgworth brand a trusted resource to local, regional and national customers.

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A Rich History

The Wedgworth family’s roots in farming and the related agricultural businesses are both deep and significant. The family’s heritage is steeped in scientific research and innovation that’s being carried out today by third and fourth generation members of the family in its farm and agribusiness operations. In 1930 when the Wedgworth family came to Belle Glade, FL, corporate farming was in its infancy. However, Herman H. Wedgworth’s involvement as the first plant pathologist at the University of Florida’s Everglades Experiment Station located along the southeastern rim of Lake Okeechobee outside of Belle Glade led the way for commercial production to take root.

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Good in every granule

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Most people don’t put a lot of thought into the idea of fertilizer, but there are few innovations that are as important to modern day life as we know it. It is commonly accepted that without fertilizer, modern farming would not exist. Bill Gates even wrote that “two out of every five people on Earth today owe their lives to the higher crop outputs that fertilizer has made possible.’

Throughout the 20th century the human population began to grow faster than the food supply that was needed to support it. The innovative nature of the human spirit led to countless inventions and solutions that have offered us the ability to go through our lives without the overwhelming worry about where our next meal comes from.

Did you know that in 1908, two German scientists discovered how to mass produce nitrogen fertilizer? Their discovery, known as the Haber-Bosch process, converts natural gas, a raw material, into nitrogen – a useable resource.

Today, scientists are developing “precision agriculture” techniques to further increase crop yields while using fertilizer more efficiently. As advocates of The Fertilizer Institute’s 4Rs of Nutrient Stewardship principles we focus our business on making recommendations that support precision agriculture, nutrient stewardship, and most importantly the continued success of the farmer. We are proud to be a part of an industry that leads to increased food production, on less land, that feeds more people. We are proud to know that every trailer load, 50 lb bag, 2.5 gallon jug that leaves our facility works to continue to feed our population. We believe there is good in every granule.

Micronutrients are having a moment

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Micronutrients are having a moment. According to market research, the global agricultural micronutrients market this year is estimated to be valued at roughly $3.6 billion dollars. This number is projected to reach a value of $5.4 billion dollars by 2025. We know that our customers are often conservative and even cautious about how adding new products to their operations, but with proven technologies and growing data to support the efficacy of products, Wedgworth’s is adopting the use of these new technologies.

For a little over four years our team has been researching and promoting the benefits of Small Particle Technology (SPT.) Through various processes, often adopted from the pharmaceutical or food production industries, particle sizes are reduced for optimal plant uptake and drastically lower application rates. Our investment in science, education and proven positive return-on-investments have our customers seeing the benefits of increased micronutrient use on a wide variety of operations and industries. With the recent adaptation of our Clewiston facility to manufacture and process our own micronutrients, we are fully invested in the benefits of SPT nutrients to our customers.

When the micronutrients Iron (Fe), Zinc (Zn), Copper (Cu), Manganese (Mn), Manganese (Mg), and Calcium (Ca) are naturally chelated using SPT those nutrients do not as easily bond and are therefore more available to the plant. Chelation is a chemical process that occurs between a metal ion and a ligand, also known as an ion attached to a metal atom; that results in the metal ion becoming soluble. Our SPT natural chelation process provides organic acids that provide the plant metabolic benefits as well.

Our mission for nearly a decade has been a focus on customer success. We’ve shown in countless trials in more than 20 crops across the Southeastern United States that products powered by SPT unlock these vital micronutrients, increasing yields and ensuring growers aren’t throwing away their investment.

 

Summit Nutrients is a proven line of micronutrients that bring SPT technology together with proprietary molecules that further enhance foliar penetration and increase the mobility of micronutrients. With enhanced efficiency and mobility plants are healthier at every growth stage.

To learn more about SPT & Summit Nutrients products and benefits contact a Wedgworth’s advisor.

Best Management Practices in South Florida: A Success Story

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A mandatory Best Management Practices (BMP) program was implemented on Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) farms in 1995 as required by the Everglades Forever Act to reduce phosphorus (P) loads from drainage waters that enter the Everglades ecosystem. All farms in the EAA basin implement mandatory BMPs. Our objective was to determine long-term P load trends of the basin as well as ten individual farms after implementing BMPs for 7 to10 yr. Mann-Kendall trend analysis was used to determine the degree of change in water quality trends. Decreasing trends in P loads were observed in the outflow of the basin and two of its sub basins, the S5A and S8. A decreasing trend in P load was observed on sugarcane farms, while mixed crop farms showed either decreasing or insignificant trends. The insignificant trends are likely related to management practices of mixed crop systems. The EAA Basin P load reductions have consistently exceeded the 25% reduction required by law, indicating the success of the program. Differences in P load reduction exist between farms and sub-basins due to differences in cropping and management systems, and environmental factors. Key Words Best Management Practices (BMP), phosphorus (P), Everglades agricultural area (EAA), South Florida, Everglades Forever Act (EFA). Introduction The Everglades in south Florida is the largest contiguous body of organic soils in the continental United States (Stephens 1956) originally occupying approximately 778,000 ha (Jones 1942). A portion of the northern Everglades was drained at the beginning of the 20 th century for agricultural and urban purposes, becoming what is known today as the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA). The EAA basin is located south and east of Lake Okeechobee and north and west of Water Conservations Areas (WCA) in Florida, U.S. (Figure 1). The EAA comprises an area of approximately 283,300 ha and is planted predominantly to sugarcane (Saccharum spp.) with the remaining arable land planted to winter vegetables, sod and rice (Oryza sativa L.). The EAA basin has four sub-basins (S5A, S2/S6, S2/S7, and S3/S8).The soils of the EAA, classified as organic (soil order: Histosol), were formed under anaerobic conditions (Snyder and Davidson 1994). Drainage of organic soils has caused the loss of soil through decomposition leading to soil subsidence and variable soil depths. Soils are deepest in the S5A sub-basin and shallowest in the S3/S8 sub-basin. To farm successfully, growers in the EAA actively drain their fields via an extensive array of canals, ditches, and large volume pumps. Excess water is pumped off farms into South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) conveyance canals, from which it is pumped to Stormwater Treatment Areas (STA). After treatment, water is sent southward to the WCAs and the Everglades National Park (ENP). Concerns about the quality of drainage water leaving the basin and entering the ENP prompted the Florida legislature to adopt the Everglades Regulatory program, part of the Everglades Forever Act (EFA). The main objective of the program is to reduce P loads from the EAA basin by 25% or greater compared to a ten-year, pre-Best Management Practices (BMP) baseline period which spans from 1978 to 1988.

 

Authors: Samira H. Daroub, Timothy A. Lang and Stuart Van Horn

University of Florida/IFAS, Everglades Research and Education Center and Soil and Water Science Dept, Belle Glade, FL.

Full Article can be found here: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/228520604_Best_Management_Practices_in_South_Florida_A_Success_Story

George H. Wedgworth

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In January 2012 the Cooperative marked the end of an era when George H. Wedgworth, after 52 years, stepped down as President and CEO. He started full retirement in August 2013. All of Florida Agriculture admires his leadership, vision and second–to-none cooperative spirit to solve agriculture’s toughest challenges.  Watch the video that chronicles his life and accomplishments.

How a Florida Rancher Grew More Forage with Nu-Trax P+™

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Growing a Legacy

Last year Alex worked with Wedgworth’s Fertilizer to add a new fertilizer, Nu-Trax P+ from Compass Minerals, to the ranch’s spring applications. Coated onto dry fertilizer granules, Nu-Trax P+ provided an ideal blend of phosphorus, zinc, manganese and nitrogen for spring growth and root vigor.

“Grass pulled in quicker. It had quicker green up; It seems to me that we’ve had more root mass built, so the canopy of the forage was thicker.”

Alex Johns has a lot to manage. The Seminole Tribe of Florida’s 105,000-acre cattle ranch runs 10,000 cows among 67 herds, and Alex oversees all of them. His pride for his tribe and their history with cattle inspires him to keep innovating and doing the right things – so the ranch can carry on into the future.

“We were one of the first ranches to utilize EID (electronic identification) technology,” Alex explains. “EID allowed us to give every cow, calf, bull an identification that was easy to put into a database and manipulate and extract data from.” Managing forages is a major focus for Alex. And to do so, he continues to improve how the herds practice intensive grazing.

“We’re constantly cutting pastures down, fine-tuning our rotation, figuring out how many days we can keep a herd on a pasture,” Alex says. He also focuses on how fertilizer can boost forage growth. “We try to time our fertilizing to happen during the spring,” Alex explains, “so we get a big punch from the fertilizer before we get the heavy rains and the leaching that comes with that.”

Wedgworth’s Inc. Named as the Exclusive Distributor in Florida for Amp Agronomy

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FOLEY, Ala.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–GCO, in partnership with Sod Solutions, is pleased to announce Wedgworth’s Inc. as the exclusive distributor of Amp Agronomy™ in the state of Florida. Wedgworth’s, Florida’s largest custom fertilizer dealer, offers Florida farmers even more solutions for success with the addition of Amp Agronomy’s nutritional line to their existing portfolio of products.

“As leaders in the Florida farming industry, selecting Wedgworth’s as our exclusive distributor in the state was a perfect fit for Amp Agronomy,” said Patrick Chapman, president of GCO.

Jimmy Matthews, senior vice president & general manager of Wedgworth’s states, “Adding Amp Agronomy products to the Wedgworth’s portfolio complements our existing product line. With Amp Agronomy’s advanced technologies, providing our customers with the newest products on the market is our goal.”

Catalyst Technology™, Amp Agronomy’s proprietary process, is a foliar nutritional line that provides the most efficient nutrient delivery system available on the market today. Amp Agronomy’s Catalyst Technology uses ultrasonic cavitation to convert nutrients into nano-particle sized nutrients for increased plant uptake. At the essence of Catalyst Technology, neutralized, nano-sized particles are protected and chelated for maximized plant uptake. Amp Agronomy’s solutions are developed to achieve each plant’s genetic potential through ultra-low inputs that are ready to use and have high impact.

“Amp Agronomy is a game changer in nutritional technology for all aspects of agriculture. The patented process is unique and delivers fertility to plants in a more effective, efficient and environmentally friendly method,” said Drew Wagner, chief technical officer of Sod Solutions.

With a complete line of foliar products, Amp Agronomy has programs available to fit a variety of crops.

About Amp Agronomy

GCO, a full service green industry supplier, in partnership with Sod Solutions, Inc., an international turfgrass research and development company, launched Amp Agronomy in 2015. Amp Agronomy is a product line of specialty fertilizers designed to maximize agriculture products and yields. Enhanced with Catalyst Technology, Amp Agronomy, is a foliar nutritional line using nano size nutrients for faster plant uptake. For more information, visit ampagronomy.com.

Contacts

Amp Agronomy
Heather Moldenhauer, 843-284-2338
heather@sodsolutions.com

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