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ICL Specialty Fertilizers offers a range of specialty products that includes innovative technologies such as controlled and slow release fertilizers and a leading range of solubles for the specialty agricultural market. In the ornamental and turf & amenity market we complete our offer with plant protection products and growth enhancers.

Our commitment to a greener world spans the globe. We serve all the world’s green markets through our ornamental horticulture, specialty agriculture and turf & amenity divisions. And that makes us unique. But our people make us extraordinary. Every day and around the world, our experts in the field work with end users to optimise plant nutrition and provide advice, know-how and expertise on location. This combination of world-class technology and a down-to-earth personal touch are the seeds of ICL Specialty Fertilizers’ success.

History

ICL Specialty Fertilizers has a rich history spanning decades. It was first born as a business unit of Rotem Amfert Negev Ltd. Since then leading companies in the field of plant nutrition have been added to the ICL Specialty Fertilizers family, including Everris, Fuentes, F&C, Rotem and Nu3. Today ICL Specialty Fertilizers is one strong and united global company that meets the full range of evolving needs in agriculture, horticulture and turf & amenity.

Milestones

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1966
1966

Original Osmocote 14-14-14 introduced with resin coating, ensuring that one application of nutrients would last for a long period of time; was the start of a new principle of fertilizer application. Sierra Chemical Company established Osmocote resin coating and Agriform® Planting Tablets now under same umbrella.

1979
1979

Micromax® was developed in field trials utilizing computer modeling by Dr. Carl Whitcomb at Oklahoma St. University.

1980
1980

Osmocote® Pro blended products developed to meet a wider range of crop and business needs by blending different elements and sources of nitrogen together.

1989
1989

Peters® joins Osmocote®. Osmocote® controlled release and Peters® water soluble fertilizers brought together as supporting brands, when Grace-Sierra was formed. Osmocote® manufacturing plant opened in Charleston, South Carolina.

1994
1994

The Scotts Company acquired Grace-Sierra, and Osmocote became a regular participant in rigorous field-testing at the company's R&D facilities in Florida, Texas, California, Ohio and Oregon. It also ushered in an era of unprecedented side-by-side plant trials in both cooperative nursery and university programs.

1998
1998

Osmocote Plus introduced. The controlled release of N-P-K and micronutrients in a homogeneous prill created an entirely new class of Patterned Nutrient Release products that better matched the feeding habits of different plant species.

2008
2008

Osmocote with patterned release technology developed. Programmed release is the science of predefining nutrient release to further improve plant quality, while saving time and money.

2010
2010

Fusion Technology™ introduced to help surface-applied Osmocote to stick to growing media in nursery containers, preventing the loss of prills when pots get tipped or blown over.

2011
2011

Introduction of Osmocote® Bloom formulated mini-prills for greenhouse plants in smaller container with a production time of 6-12 weeks. ICL acquires Scotts Professional products including Osmocote, R&D and production sites; the fertilizer company is branded Everris.

2013
2013

E-Max coated urea and Blue Max coated aluminum sulfate introduced. These technologies were developed to complement and expand the Osmocote portfolio by providing additional options.

2015
2015

Everris renamed ICL Specialty Fertilizers. This change reflects the strength of a global organization to drive future research, development and support of the Osmocote brand around the world. Osmocote iron and Osmocote CalMag are introduced.

 

 

 

 

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