DUBLIN, Ohio – For five decades, growers have used Osmocote controlled release fertilizers for reliable, effective N-P-K nutrition. To celebrate Osmocote’s 50th anniversary in 2016, ICL Specialty Fertilizers hosted a giveaway asking growers, “Why do you choose Osmocote?”
“We received some really insightful entries from growers who’ve come to view Osmocote as an integral part of their success,” said Kurt Brace, ornamental horticulture marketing manager for ICL Specialty Fertilizers. “It’s been truly gratifying to see how much faith our customers put in Osmocote. We know how much value Osmocote has to offer, but hearing it from our customers gives us a fresh perspective.”
From July 1 to November 30, 2016, growers entered the giveaway by visiting ICL’s special anniversary website and explaining the value of Osmocote to their operations. Each month, ICL drew the names of ten winners of $50 gift cards from the pool of entries for a total of 50 winners during the five-month giveaway period. The names of all 50 winners are listed at www.Osmocote50.com. In a random drawing of all entries received, Wyatt Schumacher of A.E. Schumacher Nursery in Heron Lake, Minn., received the grand prize of 50 bags of Osmocote and $500.
As part of the celebration, ICL Specialty Fertilizers also sought to identify the nursery operation with the longest continuous use of Osmocote over its 50-year history. In early December, all eligible entries were examined to determine the winning operation. T-Y Nursery of Pauma Valley, Calif., was identified as the winner and awarded a Caribbean cruise for two.
“I personally started using Osmocote here at T-Y Nursery more than 40 years ago,” said Alfonso Ramos, general manager of T-Y Nursery. “Today, we use Osmocote on the trees and ornamental shrubs we grow. Over the years, I’ve come to really appreciate how safe it is to use and how effective it is to grow plants with just one application in each pot.”
“We sincerely thank everyone who participated in our Osmocote 50th anniversary giveaway,” Brace said. “The response was overwhelming, and we hope that all of our customers will continue to put their trust in Osmocote for the next 50 years and beyond.”
Osmocote controlled release fertilizers provide reliable, effective plant nutrition that growers have come to trust. To learn more about Osmocote, visit www.icl-sf.com.