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Agrium and PotashCorp to become Nutrien after merger

PotashCorp and Agrium announced that once the anticipated merger transaction closes, the new company will be named Nutrien.The regulatory review and approval process for the merger transaction continues and the parties expect closure of the transaction to take place in the third quarter of 2017.For more.....

UK: Soil testing key to realising the value of healthy soils

Using a variety of assessment methods to test the health of soils, rather than relying on just standard nutrient testing, could reward growers with higher yields and greater profitability by helping make better informed management decisions on farms.Many growers will regularly test crop nutrient availability.....

CAN (ON): Fuel prices up, fertilizer down

Ontario producers were paying more for fuel, but less for fertilizer and pesticides this spring, compared to a year earlier.In the first survey for 2017, the Ontario Farm Input Monitoring Project found that fuel prices in the province as a group were up 9% from the same date last year, while fertilizer.....

June 20-21, Stoneleigh Park

UK: Hort Science Live 2017 to showcase latest production innovations

IPM in the root zone, a holistic approach to pre-empting nutrient deficiencies and the management of air filled porosity in growing media are just three of the practical subjects being explored at the new Hort Science Live event next month.Created by ICL and Bayer, Hort Science Live 2017 is being hosted by.....

Yara explores collaboration with University of California, Merced

Nearly one year ago, Yara North America announced its Almond Scholarship Initiative in California. Since then the participating school – University of California, Merced – and the 2016-2017 scholarship recipients have been identified. Gary Vogen, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, and Brian Kenyon, Vice.....

To cut chemical fertilizer use by at least 20 percent by 2020:

China pushes new fertilizer-replacement program

China's Ministry of Agriculture launched a program to replace chemical fertilizers with organic alternatives in 100 counties and districts.The central government will earmark a fund to support the fertilizer-replacement plan which targets tea, vegetables, and fruit, said Yu Xinrong, vice minister of.....

Sumitomo Chemical and BASF collaborate to develop new fungicide

Sumitomo Chemical and BASF announced their entry into a collaboration agreement for the development of a new fungicide. The agreement brings together Sumitomo Chemical’s and BASF’s innovation skills to deliver a novel fungicidal compound to farmers around the world.This compound, discovered by Sumitomo.....

Soluble salt and pH rollercoaster in fresh organic growing media

A freshly made organic growing medium that contains starter organic fertilizers should be allowed to “rest” for 2-4 weeks after mixing and before using it. This is especially true if a customer makes his/her own growing media as prepackaged growing media has had enough time to rest by the time the customer.....

Toxic nitrogen forms in fresh organic growing media?

If you formulate an organic growing medium by adding starter organic fertilizers, the growing medium should not be used immediately. It should be allowed to “rest” for 2-4 weeks before using it because various microorganism populations that are required to break down complex organic materials into various.....

Integrate worm farming into your greenhouse operation

As an organic greenhouse grower, you’re probably passionate about using only natural methods, and without all those chemicals. You have natural pest repelling methods in place for your structure, and you most likely use natural fertilizers (like compost tea) to nourish your plants. Above all else, though,.....

Australia: Greenpower Energy sees potential in hydroponic market

Greenpower Energy has advised that crop trials currently underway across the various commercial plant targets are progressing well.As a backdrop, GPP is involved in the development of an economically and environmentally appealing direct liquefaction technology (Oxidative Hydrothermal Dissolution) for the.....

Valagro opens new production plant in Brazil

Valagro has officially inaugurated the Pirassununga plant, in the state of São Paulo, Brazil.With two production lines for the production and packaging of biostimulants and water-soluble fertilisers, the new plant occupies an area of 30,000 m². Its maximum production capacity reaches 50,000 tons per year,.....

AkzoNobel to expand micronutrients capacity in Europe

AkzoNobel is to invest more than €10 million in Sweden to expand capacity for its chelated micronutrients, which are used as essential ingredients in the agricultural market.The project, at Kvarntorp, will help meet growing demand for micronutrients, particularly in regions with poor soil conditions. Due to.....

Earth Alive admitted to Global Soil Partnership

Earth Alive Clean Technologies has been admitted to the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.“I am pleased to announce that Earth Alive is continuing to take on a leadership role in the business community in the area of microbial fertilizers”,.....