How to Improve Fertilizer Shelf-Life


Storage best practices can prolong fertilizer’s effectiveness and potency

Depending on the type, fertilizer can last for years in storage.  Liquid fertilizers can last upwards of 10 years, and granular fertilizer has no finite expiration date.  It isn’t just the chemical makeup of these products that affects their longevity – proper storage is key.

How to Select the Right Dust Control for your Fertilizer Facility


Be sure to keep five key components in mind.

During the entire fertilizer manufacturing process, including storage and bagging, fertilizer faces many threats that can impact its effectiveness and shelf-life.  One of the most dangerous problems is fertilizer dust.  Fertilizer dust can create health risks for facility workers, increase a facility’s potential for combustion fires, and lead to compromised product.  In short, without a fertilizer dust control solution in place, fertilizer dust can have substantial, long-term negative impacts for your facility.  Fertilizer dust control is a guaranteed way to protect product, mitigate risk, and protect your company’s bottom line.  It’s a smart and necessary investment for any facility.

Dust Collection or Dust Suppression: Which Approach Is Right for Your Facility?


The pros and cons of each fertilizer dust control method

In 2012, a study published in the journal Environmental Technology examined the impacts of fertilizer contamination from a phosphate plant on the east Mediterranean coast.  Due to local wind conditions, fertilizer dust spread across untreated areas, leading to soil pollution and creating potential hazards for groundwater sources and plant life (Kassier, Lartiges, and Ouaini, 2012)[1].  This is just one example of what can happen when facilities fail to institute proper fertilizer dust control procedures.  Not only can dust control help prevent harmful environmental effects, but it can also reduce hazards for workers and equipment.

Dust-Related Challenges Facing the Fertilizer Industry and How to Address Them


Fertilizer dust control, facility hygiene, and reduction of transfer points can make a significant difference.

The fertilizer industry, which grosses $139 billion annually (The Fertilizer Institute, 2015)[1], faces a lot of modern challenges, from sustainability and regulatory hurdles to general worker safety.  But perhaps the industry’s biggest challenge is dust.  Dust-related problems can have a detrimental impact on worker health, product effectiveness, explosion risk, and the environment.  Finding a solution is critical for any fertilizer facility that wants to produce the best product and run a sound operation.

Dust Regulations Every Fertilizer Processor Should Know


Fertilizer dust control can save product and keep workers safe

Fertilizer manufacturers ultimately want to produce the best possible product – fertilizer with high production yields, high material integrity and quality, and strong marketability. But the manufacturing process leads to other concerns and challenges. Manufacturers must also reduce explosion potential in their facilities and reduce their workers’ exposure to toxins, which means pristine facility hygiene. All of these goals can be achieved through fertilizer dust control.

DustNot Syn Reduces Pellet Dust by 90%

As the world looks for cleaner, more eco-friendly and cost-effective ways to produce energy, the interest in using biomass as an alternative to coal and lignite has seen an increase.  While using biomass pellets, particularly torrefied pellets, provides many advantages, facilities using them still face the dust, spontaneous combustion, and other handling issues associated with conventional solid fossil fuels.

MinTech chemists have conducted extensive tests to see if using our DustNot Syn product is as effective at curing the biomass pellet ails as it is the coal.  Spoiler Alert: It is.

Spontaneous Coal Combustion Part 2: Chemical Inhibitors

Chris Raymond



This blog post is part two of a three-part series on spontaneous coal combustion.  In this post, we focus on preventative measures and controls, and in the upcoming post we’ll take a look at best practices. Click Here to Read Part 1: A Burning Mystery to review history and research on the topic.


Anyone who has worked with Powder River Basin (PRB) coal knows how susceptible it is to spontaneous combustion. It is not a matter of if it will catch fire, but when. With so many coal-fired power plants switching to PRB coal due to its low-sulfur properties to meet tighter emission regulations, many utilities are facing newer storage and handling challenges, with fires being a primary concern. Thus, early detection and prevention of spontaneous coal combustion is of great value to industry.

Spontaneous Coal Combustion Part 1: A Burning Mystery

Chris Raymond


This blog post is part one of a three-part series on spontaneous coal combustion.  In this post, we focus on the history and research, and in the upcoming posts we’ll take a look at preventative measures and best practices.


When coal burns, it releases carbon dioxide, water, heat, sulfur, particulate matter, and other compounds into the air, while leaving behind ash that is laden with silica, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, and other compounds.  When this combustion occurs inside a controlled environment under controlled conditions, such as in a coal-fired power plant, the emissions can be scrubbed of toxins and the ash can be contained and properly managed.  However, when this combustion occurs in uncontrolled environments (i.e. coal mines, piles, silos, barges, seams, etc.), these toxins are freely released into the environment.  While the direct casualties and damages of these fires are relatively small, the indirect and cumulative effects of this uncontrolled burning of coal are monumental.  So, what causes this uncontrolled burning?

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