Agronomists believe high prices for crop inputs and a growing population will encourage precision agriculture techniques worldwide.  |  File photo

Tapping nitrogen’s benefits world goal

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Making more crop with less nitrogen is the secret to the supply issues that will plague the product as the world pushes for more food. Nitrogen is the biggest of the big three crop nutrients applied by farmers — nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus — representing 100 million of the 169 million tonnes […] Read more

PotashCorp. president Bill Doyle says it is more efficient to import potash than import food, so the company is anticipating a rebound in demand.  |  File photo

Canadian potash may ease China corn shortage

The growing gap between China’s corn needs and its domestic production could be narrowed if growers applied more potash, says PotashCorp. And that appears to be happening. China imported 1.9 million tonnes of the nutrient during the first quarter of 2012, and sales have been brisk in the second quarter. “The Chinese know they need […] Read more

With seeding in full swing across the Prairies, many farmers are discovering a shortage of fertilizer exists. Scott Stauffer of Tofield, Alta., was recently seeding and stopped to check a liquid fertilizer hose.  |  Mary MacArthur photo

Tight fertilizer supply concerns farmers

Early start to U.S. seeding blamed | Urea, ammonium sulfate hard to find on Prairies

Farmers are nervous about tight fertilizer supplies in the countryside. “There is a lot of speculation that there may not be enough to go around,” said Kevin Bender, president of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association. Directors from all three prairie provinces are telling Bender that urea and ammonium sulfate are particularly hard to find. […] Read more


Variable rate made simple, just follow directions

Capstan N-Ject | System makes it easier for farmers intimidated by
 variable rate technology to match map data with fertilizer injection rates

Adopting variable rate technology can be frustrating, especially transforming prescription map data into product that is injected into the soil. The more hoops the data jumps through, the more difficult it be-comes, and the greater the odds of a miserable and frustrating spring. However, an injection system that obediently follows instructions can simplify that challenge, […] Read more

Time to lock in fertilizer prices?

Doug Chorney pre-booked his spring fertilizer but didn’t lock in a price because he thought it was too high at the time. Last week he got a call from his anhydrous ammonia supplier. “They thought this was the time to price it,” said the farmer from East Selkirk, Man. Chorney locked in a price of […] Read more


Ross McKenzie of Alberta Agriculture told producers and agrologists attending the Alberta Agronomy Update how to evaluate whether they need to apply phosphate fertilizer.  |  File photo

Fertilizer guidelines updated to suit new varieties, inputs

Three decades old | Soil conservation, rotations have since improved

New fertilization recommendations for southern Alberta are expected to be ready this spring, replacing Alberta Agriculture data that is almost 30 years old. Researcher Ross McKenzie, who prepared the original data, is now part of a team developing new recommendations. Improved varieties, a wider range of herbicides and disease control methods and better water management […] Read more