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When I go into the garden with a spade, and dig a bed, I feel such an exhilaration and health that I discover that I have been defrauding myself all this time in letting others do for me what I should have done with my own hands.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Fertilizer and Rising Food Prices

According to an article recently published by TIME magazine, “Food prices are near historic highs, driven upward by an ever larger, ever hungrier population.” Data recently released by the United Nation’s (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which states that food currently costs 39 percent more today than it did a year ago, supports the notion that food prices are once again on the rise. Add to that the UN’s projections that the global population will increase by more than two billion people in the next 40 years and the challenge of meeting the world’s demand for safe and affordable food becomes that much more complicated.  Read More...

 

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1980-2010: U.S. Corn Production Nearly Doubles Using Slightly Fewer Nutrients

U.S. Department of Agriculture Data Reveal Sustainable Farming is occurring through Voluntary Nutrient Stewardship Efforts  Read More...

 

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Fertilizer Supply & Demand

Food security – having enough food to feed a growing population remains one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. As societies grow and flourish, citizens demand greater access to a diverse menu of nutritious foods and fertilizer is at the heart of that equation. In fact, experts estimate that 40 to 60 percent of the world’s food production is made possible through the effective use of fertilizer.  Read More...

 

Fertilizer Market: Climbing Back

Fertilizer usage is slowly recovering from 2009, but some signs of market apprehension remain. Read More...

 

Study: Growers To Pre-Purchase Fertilizer For 2011 Crops

While attending the two annual farm shows, randomly selected growers shared thoughts regarding harvest 2010, fertilizer application and the 2011 growing season. Click Here for Response Highlights  

 

New Videos from IPNI Feature 4R Nutrient Stewardship

“The Right Way to Grow…4R Nutrient Stewardship” is an 11-minute, 23 second video which gives an overview of the 4Rs and explains how the concept can apply to large-scale agriculture in developed countries and also to small-holder farms in less developed regions. Through graphics and field scenes, the presentation provides more insight for further understanding of the 4Rs. Click Here to Watch Now

 

Understanding Plant Nutrition: Fertilizers And Micronutrients

Micronutrient (iron, manganese, zinc, copper, boron and molybdenum) nutrition is different from managing macronutrients, such as nitrogen, in three fundamental ways. First, the solubility and plant availability of micronutrients is affected by media pH to a much greater extent than is macronutrient solubility. Second, the difference between acceptable concentrations of micronutrients and concentrations that are either too low (deficiencies) or too high (toxicities) is small compared to a broader range for macronutrients. Read more...

 

Understanding Plant Nutrition: Fertilizers And Media pH

Choosing fertilizers can be one of the most important decisions you can make for managing the media pH of container grown crops. It is therefore important to understand how fertilizers raise or lower media pH, which results largely from the form of fertilizer nitrogen (ammoniacal, nitrate or urea). This article will help you understand why fertilizers are classified as acidic or basic and how the reactions produced by the fertilizer affect media pH. Read more...

 

Understanding Plant Nutrition: Nutrient Sources: Media Cation Exchange Capacity

Every university course on soil fertility discusses the importance of the "cation exchange capacity" (CEC) of the soil for buffering nutrients and pH. In this article, however, we debunk the myth that CEC is important in soilless media. Why then should you care that container media has low CEC? Because understanding that nutrient levels and pH in the medium can change very quickly (within days or hours) can help you better manage pH and fertility levels in the greenhouse or nursery. Read more...

 

Fertility Expert: Good Time To Apply Phosphorus And Potassium

“High fertilizer prices for a few years were followed by a wet fall and late harvest last year,” Fernandez says. “This resulted in many fields not receiving all the phosphorus and potassium needed to maintain optimum test levels. Since many fields have already been harvested and soil conditions are ideal for tillage or to drive equipment over the field, now’s a great time to plan for phosphorus and potassium applications.” Read more...

 

SomeThings to Know About Phosphorus

Phosphorus (P) is all around us. Small concentrations are present in all lakes, streams, oceans and seas. It is in the soil and in rocks and minerals, plants and animals. It is present in every living cell and is essential to all forms of life…human, animal and plant. Read more...

 

Phosphate Fertilizer is Critical For Maximizing Wheat Yields

Most growers are aware of the importance of nitrogen in producing high yielding wheat—but few recognize the crucial role phosphorus plays in increasing yields and in improving efficiency of other nutrients like nitrogen and potassium. Read more...

 

Nutrient Management

Commercial fertilizer and livestock manure are recognized assets to agricultural operations that help meet crop production goals. Read more...

 

Keep Costs In Check

To maintain profits, growers need to look toward increasing production efficiencies. Read more...

 

Nutrient Balance: Critical to Crop Production and Environmental Protection

People and crop plants are a lot alike in several ways, one in particular. They both need balanced nutrition for normal growth and good health. Unlike people (who require a variety of foods) crop plants need only 17 nutrients, some obtained from air and water, to grow normally – if those nutrients are supplied in the proper balance. When crops have balanced nutrition, an added bonus is increased environmental protection. Read more...