Fertilizers

Considering mixing your own fertilizer solutions?

Mixing your own fertilizer solutions might seem like a daunting task at first. But once you understand some fertilizer basics you’ll realize it’s not that hard to do. One of the biggest benefits of mixing your own fertilizer solutions is the amount of money you’ll save. Another benefit of mixing your own…

Pursell Agri-Tech and Plant Products team up

Innovative new controlled release fertilizer for the Canadian market

Pursell Agri-Tech and Plant Products have entered into a supply and distribution agreement for the Eastern Canadian market. The addition of PurKote to Plant Products’…

Biostimulants application in horticultural crops under abiotic stress conditions

Abiotic stresses strongly affect plant growth, development, and quality of production; final crop yield can be really compromised if stress occurs in plants’ most sensitive phenological phases. Additionally, the increase of crop stress tolerance through genetic improvements requires long breeding…

Sustainable agronomic strategies for enhancing the yield and nutritional quality of wild tomato

Urbanization and global climate change have constrained plant development and yield. Utilization of wild gene pool, together with the application of sustainable and eco-friendly agronomic crop improvement strategies, is being focused on to tackle mounting food insecurity issues. In this aspect, the green…

"Human activity means UK peatlands contribute to climate change"

The UK’s peatlands are making a significant contribution to greenhouse gas emissions because of the way they are managed, a major new study has shown. Peatlands occupy 12% of the UK’s land area and store vast quantities of carbon. Healthy peatlands capture carbon dioxide (CO­ 2 ) from the atmosphere and…

Australia: Incitec Pivot Fertilisers steps up in horticulture

Incitec Pivot Fertilisers is aiming for growth in the horticulture market, with two key appointments to marketing and agronomy roles to support horticultural growers and their dealers. Alexander Papas is enjoying meeting growers and dealers in his role as segment manager for horticulture and sugar, like…

Is adding fertigation to your growing mix right for you?

AgTech is revolutionizing the way crops are grown the world over, both in indoor and traditional environments. The ability to control environmental factors and agricultural processes with extreme precision leads to better crop yields, better resource management, lower costs, and improved environmental…

Improving tomato yield with nutrient materials containing microbial and botanical biostimulants

There has been a growing interest in recent years in exploring the potential of biostimulants in crop production. Biostimulants are mineral, botanical, or microbial materials that stimulate natural processes in plants, help them tolerate biotic and abiotic stressors, and improve crop growth and health.…

Carbon Gold’s biochar first to receive RHP approval for Dutch commercial horticulture

Carbon Gold’s Soil Improver is the first biochar product to receive approval for use in the RHP growing systems. RHP, the organisation that assures the quality and security of…

US (DE): UD-developed beneficial bacteria part of BASF product for soil

UD-developed beneficial bacteria part of BASF product for soil. Commercializing a product often takes years, with no guarantee of success. It starts with an idea, but requires many minds — and hands — to make its way from the lab bench into products that serve the public. At the University of Delaware,…

Urea addition promotes metabolism and utilization of nitrogen in cucumber

Nitrogen (N) forms include ammonium [NH 4 + -N], nitrate [NO 3 − -N], and urea [CO(NH 2 ) 2 ]. Urea is the most common nitrogen fertilizer in agriculture due to its inexpensive price and high N content. Although the reciprocal influence between NO 3 − -N and NH 4 + -N is well known, CO(NH 2 ) 2…

Ion-specific cultivation with sensors and Basis for Fertilization Advice

"Precision fertilization is improving"

Precise fertilization that meets the needs of the crop requires two things: you have to know the optimal fertilization of the crop, and you require a continuous insight in the actual fertilization condition. In both fields important steps are being taken at the moment. The project Ion-specific…

Video: Organic growing medium for seed germination and plug production

In this video, Horticulture Specialist Troy Buechel talks about the OMRI-Listed PRO-MIX PG Organik general purpose organic growing medium for the production of organic greenhouse crops such as vegetable & herbs, small fruit crops, flowering plants and more. It is recommended for seed germination and…

Natural fertilizer gives football club 'best turf in Belgium'

Belgian soccer club Royal Antwerp FC has recently won the award for best turf in the Jupiler Pro League. The groundskeepers have earned the right to call themselves…

"Naturally occurring microorganisms can assist in nutrient uptake and reduce plant stress"

Compass Minerals Plant Nutrition, a division of Compass Minerals, and Marrone Bio Innovations have formed a collaboration to develop new specialty plant nutrient products…

Diana Iacobescu, Sylenco:

"Every product from this range has a specific role"

“Through research and trials, we came to find more efficient ways for the plants to assimilate the nutrients they need.” A group of bioengineers that have worked in the field for many years decided to put their knowledge and experience together. This resulted in a company called Sylenco. Founded in 2017,…

Do additives help the soil?

Miranda Hart, who teaches biology at UBC’s Okanagan campus, says despite a decades-long practice, there could be environmental consequences of adding bio-fertilizers into soil. It’s common practice…

Agronomic evaluation of biochar, compost and biochar-blended compost

Agronomy has published a paper reporting the results on the agronomic performance of organic amendments in the EU 7th FP project “FERTIPLUS—reducing mineral fertilizers and…

Managing soil structure and pH levels by use of organic products

Every grower knows the importance of the structure of the soil that affects fertility and therefore the final productivity. The more granular the structure of the soil the easier it is for the water to infiltrate and remain between the soil aggregates keeping the particles of water inside and reducing…

Cucumber plants as a weapon against sludge

The increasing production of sewage sludge (SS) engenders the problem of its responsible utilization and disposal. Likewise, urban sediments (SED) are deposited at the bottom…

Vietnam: Largest bio-organic fertiliser plant in northern region opens

Ho Chi Minh City-based Que Lam Group has inaugurated its bio-organic fertiliser plant, built at a cost of 500 billion VND (21.54 million USD), in the northern province of Vinh Phuc. The plant - the largest of its kind in the north - provides 250,000 tonnes of organic fertiliser each year. (Photo:…

New Botanical Biopesticides available to US market

STK bio-ag technologies, Israeli supplier of botanical sustainable crop protection, has partnered with Summit Agro U.S.A., which will become the exclusive distributor of STK…

Qatar: Greenhouse fertigation workshop draws 20 agronomists and farm managers

Qatar Fertiliser Company (Qafco), Agrico and Yara International jointly conducted a ‘Greenhouse Fertigation' workshop for 20 experienced agronomists and farm managers from Qatar at the Hydroponic Trial and Demonstration Centre in Al Khor recently. The workshop was one of the initiatives undertaken in…

What’s biochar? How to stabilize carbon in your soil

Biochar, otherwise known as charcoal, is an age-old method of increasing soil health. Learn more about the science and how to make your own biochar from expert Kai Hoffman-Krull. The question of growing food in changing climate is one we all need to be asking. We all eat. Predictions illustrate that…

Influence of hydroxyapatite nanoparticles on germination and plant metabolism of tomato

The Nutrient Use Efficiency in intensive agriculture is lower than 50% for macronutrients. This feature results in unsustainable financial and environmental costs. Nanofertilizers are a promising application of nanotechnology in agriculture. The use of nanofertilizers in an efficient and safe manner…


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