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Unco’s fertilizer is among the best.

Every spring, Wisconsin gardeners begin their annual rites of passage – planting, pruning, fertilizing and getting ready for a summer of outdoor work.

And a large number of them are probably using products made by Unco Industries Inc., a Racine-based manufacturer. Unco’s two lines of products are for completely different markets, but they are intrinsically linked.

The Racine company raises cultured nightcrawlers from their egg stage to adulthood, producing a line of worms marketed as Tasty Bait Nightcrawlers. The line of worms has given the company steady growth over the years, but is not the main revenue generator at Unco.

Worm castings (an industry term for the worm’s waste product) is one of the most prized organic fertilizers and is giving Unco big sales and revenue increases, said Tom Chapman, president and founder of the company.

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