An Introduction to Ammonium Nitrate Fertilizer
All fertilizers must contain the important three macronutrients – nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium; without these three important ingredients, no plant would be able to stay alive. In addition to this, other organic and inorganic compounds are introduced into different types of fertilizers make them better for certain types of trees, which require a higher amount of a certain macro or micronutrient.
One of the more common macronutrients that plants require high amounts of is actually one of the big three: nitrogen. This is why many chemical-based fertilizers, such as ammonium nitrate fertilizer, use higher amounts and concentrations of nitrogen.
Ammonium nitrate fertilizer is usually stored in a tank; and is often used in conjunction with a complex irrigation system. The ammonium nitrate fertilizer is usually pumped through pipes into a field and is then sprayed onto the soil with some type of applicator injector. When it isn't used in conjunction with such an applicator, it can also be used on a sprayer system with a tractor or small aircraft.
One important thing to note about ammonium nitrate fertilizer is that it is highly explosive. This might sound ridiculous – that a fertilizer could potentially destroy your farm, your barn, and your tractor – but it is true, which is why you should store tanks in a safe place; and protect them carefully from physical damage, heat, and pressure.
In recent years, ammonium nitrate fertilizer has even conceived of as a potential terrorist threat; and for this reason, is getting considerably harder to purchase it in a number of states, including Texas. Federal authorities believe that terrorists would use this fertilizer in crude explosives, as it is (or was) easy to purchase; and since it has been used in a number of different explosive devices in the past.