When you consider that every field of crops in the world consists of individual growing plants, each in need of nutrients, it’s evident that the fertilizer industry faces a distribution and economic challenge unrivaled by almost any other business. Fertilizer is transported in solid or fluid form from its point of origin or place of manufacture. It’s often transported by ocean-going tanker, river barge, railroad, over-the-road trucks or moved through pipelines as a liquid or gas. Before arriving at the farm field, a fertilizer will likely have been transported by more than one mode of transportation.