EuroChem Group AG, a leading global agrochemical company, announced that it has completed its first intra-group shipment of ground phosphate rock from its phosphate rock mining operations in Kazakhstan.
Crop prices have been declining and there is considerable uncertainty about the future. Phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) fertilizer prices have remained approximately constant or have declined slightly. Therefore, producers are thinking of reducing application rates.
Stonegate Agricom Ltd. announced that groundwater testing conducted during the summer of 2015 has confirmed previous groundwater pumping assumptions used in the Feasibility Study for its planned Paris Hills underground phosphate mine in southeast Idaho. The company now plans to resume permitting activities which include updating the groundwater model with the latest testing data prior to permit application submittal.
Potash Corp of Saskatchewan is not actively discussing its takeover proposal with Germany's K+S, but remains interested in a combination of fertilizer producers that would aid North American potash sales and offer new access to Europe, Chief Executive Jochen Tilk said on Wednesday.
When it rains it pours. Whether we get a passing shower or a day-long downpour, the runoff ends up in rivers, streams and waterways. That runoff may include nutrients from fertilizers, and one of those nutrients is phosphorus.
A 20-year plan to dramatically reduce phosphorus levels of agricultural water entering the Florida Everglades is working, thanks to proper implementation of best management practices by growers, training by the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, and cooperation with state and federal agencies.
By W.M. (Mike) Stewart, IPNI Director, North American Program
Questions are sometimes asked about the effectiveness, composition, and plant availability of various phosphorus (P) fertilizer sources. Questions such as, “Is liquid more available to the
crop than dry P fertilizer? Is one source better than another in alkaline soils? Can the optimum P rate be reduced with certain sources?” are not uncommon. A simple review of the fundamentals of P fertilizer sources can help address such questions.