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Yara reports strong production, lower commodity fertilizer margins

Yara International delivered weaker third-quarter results compared with a year earlier. Net income after non-controlling interests was NOK 709 million (NOK 2.60 per share), compared with NOK 821 million (NOK 3.00 per share) a year earlier. Excluding net foreign exchange gain and special items, the result was.....

Is all peat moss the same?

One of the most important ingredients of soilless substrates, peat moss, began in peat bogs shortly after the last ice age about 12,000 – 14,000 years ago. As the glaciers receded, depressions were left in the earth that collected precipitation from rain and snow.Across Canada, there are different types of.....

"Peptides could revolutionise how food is grown"

Scientists say the discovery of a group of hormones in plants could revolutionise food production by improving yields.The Universities of Queensland and Sydney collaborated on the study, which has found about 130 CLE peptide hormones in legumes that were essential to growth and development.Senior Lecturer at.....

Will we be able to use zinc oxide nanoparticles as fertilizers?

Researchers from UPM and National Institute for Agricultural Research and Experimentation (INIA) have studied the effects of using zinc oxide nanoparticles on agriculture.A research carried out at School of Agricultural, Food and Biosystems Engineering (ETSIAAB) from UPM in collaboration with researchers.....

"Vietnam spends heavily on fertilizer, pesticide imports"

Fertilizer and pesticide imports, especially from China, have amounted to nearly US$1.7 billion in the year to September, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam said in a report.The ministry’s data shows that Vietnam purchased 3.57 million tons of fertilizers valued at US$955 million in.....

Northern Ireland to generate renewable energy from food waste

The Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) and Granville Ecopark Ltd (GECO) have signed a Prosperity Agreement pledging to work together to divert more food waste from landfill and use it to generate renewable energy and organic fertilisers.From left to right: Ian Harvey, Managing Director of GECO and.....

Nufarm reports strong revenue growth

Nufarm Limited announced a statutory net profit after tax of $114.5 million for the 12 months to 31 July, 2017. The statutory profit result includes the impact of $23 million in one-off restructuring and asset rationalisation costs and compares to a statutory profit after tax of $27.5 million in the previous.....

UK: Innovative farmers improve soils in shared rotations

Three forward thinking arable and horticultural farmers, who each grow different crops in a shared rented land rotation, are pioneering a collaborative approach to improving the long-term health of their soils.Jepco, Lovedon Estates and Worth Farm introduced overwintering cover crops into their shared.....

UK: New £1m partnership to address knowledge gaps in soil biology

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) and the British Beet Research Organisation (BBRO) have announced an ambitious new research partnership to develop practical soil biology management guidance.The five-year partnership looks to improve on-farm understanding of soil health by.....

In the spotlight: Jiffy's new 1Plant

Jiffy 1Plant in Zwijndrecht, is an ultra modern factory for substrates and potting soils. The most advanced technical processes are used for screening, mixing, internal transport, processing and storage of raw materials. The different raw materials are sieved into fine, medium and coarse fractions. These.....

Canada: Agrium and PotashCorp receive clearance for merger

PotashCorp and Agrium announced that the Canadian Competition Bureau has granted unconditional regulatory approval for the proposed merger of equals by issuing a no-action letter dated September 11, 2017.The CCB concluded that the proposed transaction is not likely to lead to a substantial lessening or.....

Benefits of mycorrhizal fungi

Mycorrhizal fungi are naturally occurring in many soil types around the world. However, their presence in soil is greatly reduced by soil disturbance, due to incorporated amendments that are exempt of these beneficial organisms, plowing and removal of top soil in construction sites. As a result, there is.....

Canada: Sphagnum peat moss production and sustainability

In Canada, there is an abundance of peatlands and producers follow "wise use" guidelines for the harvesting and preservation of peat bogs. Peat bogs were formed centuries ago after the last ice age ended, and bogs continue to grow with the slow accumulation of vegetal debris in peatlands, which are.....

Grigg Brothers re-brands as Grigg

Grigg Brothers, the turf nutrition brand, is being re-branded as simply GRIGG.With a modern, updated look, GRIGG will remain the premier golf and sports turf brand in the BRANDT product portfolio. BRANDT, who bought Grigg Brothers in 2014, is a manufacturer of specialty products for the turf and ornamental.....