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Agricultural Fertilizer Product Label - Bag


The following is a summary of the standard label requirements for bagged Agricultural Fertilizer Products:

A person may not sell or distribute fertilizers for agricultural purposes in bags or other containers unless a label is placed on or affixed to the bag or container stating in a clear, legible, and conspicuous form the following information.  (18C.215 & Minnesota Rules, 1510.0410 to 1510.0422)

  1. The Brand Name of the fertilizer.
  2. The Guaranteed Analysis statement in the following format:
GUARANTEED ANALYSIS

Total Nitrogen (N) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

___%

Available Phosphate (P2O5) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

___%

Soluble Potash (K2O) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

___%

Plant nutrient derived from: _______________________

When other plant nutrients in addition to N, P2O5 or K2O are guaranteed, they must be listed in columnar form immediately below the primary nutrient guarantees and be in the order and minimum percentages listed below:

Soluble Potash (K2O)............................................

______%

Calcium (Ca)...........................................................

1.00     %

Magnesium (Mg).....................................................

0.50     %

Sulfur (S)...................................................................

1.00     %

Boron (B)..................................................................

0.02     %

Chlorine (Cl)............................................................

0.10     %

Cobalt (Co)..............................................................

0.0005 %

Copper (Cu)............................................................

0.05     %

Iron (Fe)....................................................................

0.10     %

Manganese (Mn)....................................................

0.05     %

Molybdenum (Mo)...................................................

0.0005 %

Sodium (Na)............................................................

0.10     %

Zinc (Zn)....................................................................

0.05     %

Plant nutrient derived from: _______________________

  1. The Name and Address of the Guarantor.
  2. A Net Weight statement expressed in ounces, pounds, or tons avoirdupois.

The aforementioned specifications are the minimum required to be placed on a bagged agricultural fertilizer product label. If additional information is provided on the label, further labeling requirements may be enforced. Therefore, it is advisable to consult with the department for a label review prior to final printing. In addition, it is recommended that Minnesota Rules, 1510.0410 to 1510.0422 the Fertilizer Labeling Rules be reviewed prior to printing a label.

MDA Contact

Carol Durden, State Program Administrator
Carol.Durden@state.mn.us
651-201-6379
Pesticide & Fertilizer Management Division