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Bhutan to have its first bio-fertilizer company soon

Bhutan will soon have its first bio-fertilizer company at Athang gewog in Wangdue. To implement the initiative, the Farm Machinery Corporation Limited (FMCL) and B&B Korea signed a memorandum of understanding recently in Thimphu. The joint venture is a business idea committed to fulfilling the nation’s…

Why monitoring CO2 levels in your grow is critical

Mild temperatures, light, water, and nutrients, are part of plants' requirements for photosynthesis, but people often forget the crucial role of CO2. Let's examine this often misunderstood aspect of indoor and greenhouse growing, writes Joy King with Growlink. Typical ambient CO2 levels outdoors comprise…

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Fertilizer management and plant nutrition guide

Fertilizer management and plant nutrition are key aspects that need to be learned when working with hydroponic systems. In order to get the benefits from nutrient management, we need to understand plant nutrition and at least basic chemistry to be able to adjust nutrient recipes. Hort Americas comes with…

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How biostimulants can help plant growth

Biostimulants are being increasingly used by growers to give them an edge in plant growth. By definition, a biostimulant is any substance or microorganism that is applied to crops in order to enhance nutrient intake. Examples of biostimulants include seaweed and plant extracts, phosphite, humic and…

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"Sea urchin fertilizer trials show promising results"

Marine scientist John Keane is among a team of researchers testing fertilizer made from long-spined sea urchins on plants. "Hopefully soon you'll be able to buy sea urchin fertilizer for the home garden or a commercial industry to put on crops," Dr. Keane says. The long-spined sea urchin is a voracious…

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"Fertilizer price surge will continue"

Two fertilizer producers expect the crop-nutrient price surge will continue. Nutrien Ltd. raised its full-year guidance as it forecasts strong crop prices will support fertilizer spending. Prices for potash, a key soil nutrient-rich in potassium, continue to increase in all key markets driven by record…

Sustainability in plant nutrition: healthy plants, large yields

Have you considered the nutrient source you are feeding your plants? There are many things to consider when planning your grow strategy, and nutrients play a significant role in the success of your plan. The two primary sources of fertilizer or nutrients are organic or synthetic. It can be further broken…

CAN: New bio-stimulant registered to manage transplant stress

A&L Biological, a subsidiary of A&L Canada Laboratories, announced they have been granted registration from the Canadian Food and Inspection Agency (CFIA) for AL-Bio 7; a new bio-stimulant formulation. This product improves soil and plant health by harnessing the beneficial properties of the bacterial…

Irish growers address fertilizer crisis

Today, IFA (Irish Farmer's Association) President Tim Cullinan met with Cabinet of Trade Commissioner Dombrovskis to address the crisis in the fertilizer sector. He also communicated the COPA request for a suspension of anti-dumping duties on imports of liquid fertilizer, UAN. Irish farmers have seen the…

BLE market report week 42/2021:

'Spanish deliveries increased, presence of Belgian peppers decreased'

Spanish deliveries increased, forming the basis of the bell pepper assortment. The previously dominant Dutch lots lost importance and were no longer consistently convincing in terms of quality: their season was nearing its conclusion. The presence of Belgian products also diminished, according to the…

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Philippine government asked to temper rising prices of fertilizer

Senators are urging the Department of Agriculture of the Philippines (DA) to implement measures to address the rising prices of fertilizers and to boost local production. During the Senate budget deliberations yesterday, Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri told the DA to come up with an action plan on addressing the…

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Fertiliser market price rise: wait or buy now?

High energy prices are affecting many companies and large factories cannot escape them either. Fertilizer producer Yara explains what the consequences are, not only of the high gas price, but also of a long-standing shortage of raw materials. What everyone wants to know in the meantime: is it better to…

Cinis

Alternative fertilizer produced from paper industry waste

Van Iperen International, a Dutch producer and marketer of specialty fertilizers, and Cinis Fertilizer, a Swedish cleantech startup, announced they have signed an exclusive agreement to produce and market sustainable and circular potassium sulfate fertilizer based on salts that are recovered from the…

Ceragen:

“Probiotics can lower the negative impacts of plant stress responses”

“In hydroponics, there are fewer microbes. With fewer beneficial microbes, the plants are on their own to cope with different stresses. At Ceragen, we want to restore the ecosystem,” says Danielle Rose, CEO at Ceragen. Ceragen is a Canadian biotechnology company that develops probiotics, or microbial…

GreenSwitch: GreenTech Innovation Award 2021 Winner

As one of the nominees in the sector of Innovations, this morning VanIperen International and its world-first liquid nitrate fertilizer from anorganic source - GreenSwitch® won the GreenTech prize in the category Innovation. Van Iperen International celebrates another milestone for GreenSwitch®. With…

Pati Ecopac Bio film the first biodegradable mulching

Biodegradable mulch films have been available on the market for many years, meeting a high level of acceptance among European farmers. They play an essential role in modern agriculture as they help increase yields, improve crop quality, improve weed control, reduce water consumption for irrigation, and…

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"There’s not enough land to feed the world with organic food"

Organic food producers, which eschew synthetic crop protections for “natural” ones, regularly market their products as more sustainable than conventional offerings, but they’re not, writes Ross Pomeroy at geneticliteracyproject.org. An analysis of 71 studies by Oxford University researchers revealed that…

Philippine agri chief wants growers’ groups to directly import and sell fertilizers

In a bid to help stem the skyrocketing prices of fertilizers due to tight global supply, the Department of Agriculture (DA) of the Philippines is encouraging farmers’ cooperatives and associations (FCAs) to import fertilizers directly from international producers and suppliers to reduce the farm input’s…

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Student business turns waste water into plant growth

On many farms, "poop water," or the wastewater from livestock, ends up in large manure lagoons. However, Lemna, a 2020 startup co-founded by ASU alumnus Travis Andren, is working to revolutionize the idea of waste in animal farming by turning this poop water into plants. Lemna, operated by a trio of ASU…

Vegetative and productive responses of tabasco pepper to fertigation and plastic mulching

The use of plastic mulching and high-frequency hydroponic drip irrigation (intensive production methods) watering cycle may increase tabasco pepper crop production per unit area. To test this hypothesis, two randomized block experiments were conducted in a greenhouse, using a 2 × 4 factorial scheme with…

Spanish growers share experience with biotechnology

"We have greatly improved the life of tired soils and the vigor of the plant"

Edypro studies and develops biotechnological fertilizers. Since 1996, the Valencia-based company has been distributing their products in Spain, Portugal, France and Italy. In this article, several growers share their experience with using Edypro's products. Strawberry crop treated with Procuaje Radicular…

'It saved the farm' Cape hatchery turns fish waste into sustainable fertilizer

What saved Blue Stream Aquaculture Cape Cod from death-by-COVID was fish waste.  The 161-year-old West Barnstable trout hatchery, which raises brook, brown, rainbow, and tiger trout, saw its business nearly cut in half by the pandemic. The company’s primary business was stocking ponds for fishing derbies in…


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