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Specialty Fertilizer Product Label


The follow is a summary of the standard label requirements for Specialty Fertilizer Products:

A person may not sell or distribute specialty fertilizers 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.  If a fertilizer is a custom blend specialty fertilizer the label information may be furnished to the customer on an invoice or delivery ticket in written or printed form.  (18C.215 & Minnesota Rules, 1510.0410 to 1510.0422)

  1. The Brand Name of the fertilizer.
  2. The fertilizer Grade, which is the percentage of Total Nitrogen (N), Available Phosphate (P2O5) and Soluble Potash (K2O) and expressed in the same percentage, order and form as in the guaranteed analysis statement.  For example:  10-10-10.
  3. The Guaranteed Analysis statement in the following format:
GUARANTEED ANALYSIS

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

___%

     ___% Ammoniacal Nitrogen

     ___% Urea Nitrogen

     ___% Water Insoluble Nitrogen

     ___% (Other recognized and determinable forms of N)
     Note: The forms of N, when listed, must add up to the
     Total Nitrogen (N) guarantee *

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

___%

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

___%

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    %

     ___% Combined Sulfur (S)

 

     ___% Free Sulfur (S)

 

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:_________________

If the percentage of any plant nutrient is zero, the plant nutrient must be omitted from the guaranteed analysis statement.

* The nitrogen breakdown statement is only required when slow release or organic nitrogen properties are claimed or guaranteed.

  1. A Derivative Statement must be placed immediately below the guaranteed analysis statement. Sources of plant nutrients shall be listed by their common or usual English name for the ingredient. In addition, non-plant food materials used to blend a fertilizer may not be listed in the derivative statement. This includes but is not limited to lime fillers.
  2. The Name and Address of the Guarantor.
  3. A Net Weight statement expressed in ounces, pounds, or tons avoirdupois.
  4. A Directions for Use Statement must be listed on all specialty fertilizer product labels. This may be expressed as the amount (lbs) of fertilizer recommended to be applied per unit area (1,000 sq. ft.) or the area the entire contents of the container will cover.

The aforementioned specifications are the minimum required to be placed on a specialty 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