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  • Many Countries Reaching Diminishing Returns in Fertilizer Use

    By Lester R. Brown When German chemist Justus von Liebig demonstrated in 1847 that the major nutrients that plants removed from the soil could be applied in mineral form, he set the stage for the development of the fertilizer industry and a huge jump in world food production a century later. Growth in food production during the nineteenth century came primarily from expanding cultivated area. It ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Fertilizer Use to Surpass 200 Million Tonnes in 2018

    Global fertilizer use is likely to rise above 200.5 million tonnes in 2018, 25 percent higher than recorded in 2008. World fertilizer consumption will grow by 1.8 percent a year through 2018, according to FAO's new report "World fertilizer trends and outlook to 2018." At the same time "the global capacity of fertilizer products, intermediates and raw materials will increase further," the report ...

  • Fertilize the ocean, cool the planet?

    Original story at MIT News Like the leaves of New England maples, phytoplankton, the microalgae at the base of most oceanic food webs, photosynthesize when exposed to sunlight. In the process, they absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, converting it to carbohydrates and oxygen. Many phytoplankton species also release dimethyl ...

  • Urine as a Commercial Fertilizer?

    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supports joint project by Swiss aquatic research institute and South African water utility The separate collection of urine provides innovative opportunities for the improvement of sanitation and the recycling of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Urine separation is an excellent sanitation solution, particularly in places where classic sewer-based ...

  • Fertilizer Market in India 2012

    Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue:   Fertilizer Market in India 2012 ...


    By ReportLinker

  • Using Liquid Manure to Fertilize Wheat? Consider Timing, Nitrogen Content

    Liquid livestock manure can be a great option as a spring top-dress fertilizer for wheat fields if applied during the appropriate window of time and if it has the right amount of nitrogen, according to research conducted by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. In a report published in the latest issue of the college’s  ...


    By Ohio State University

  • CER Signs $5 Million (US) Contract with Hubei Yihua Fertilizer Co.

    China Energy Recovery Inc. (CGYV.PK) ("CER"), an international leader in the design, fabrication and installation of waste heat recovery systems, announced today that it signed a contract with Hubei Yihua Fertilizer Co., Ltd. to design, manufacture and install a waste heat recovery system for a new sulfuric acid plant located in Hubei province. The contract is valued at ...

  • Using organic fertilizers could protect against climate change

    Studies show that soil fertilized with organic materials, such as compost, could increase the amount of stored carbon and potentially help slow down greenhouse emissions. Applying organic fertilizers, such as those resulting from composting, to agricultural land could increase the amount of carbon stored in these soils and contribute significantly to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, ...

  • Rice Farmers in China use Less Fertilizer, Increase Yield

    “Rice farmers can decrease their nitrogen fertilizer and pesticide use by around 20%, and increase their yield by 10% by using the ‘three controls technology’ (3CT),” says Dr. Xuhua Zhong, crop physiologist at the Rice Research Institute of the Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences (GDRRI).  The meaning of “three controls” is controlling the amount of ...

  • Nitrogen fertilizers` impact on lawn soils

    Nitrogen fertilizers from farm fields often end up in aquatic ecosystems, resulting in water quality problems, such as toxic algae and underwater ‘dead zones’. There are concerns that fertilizers used on lawns may also contribute to these problems. All of the lawns in the United States cover an area almost as large as Florida, making turfgrass our largest ‘crop’ and lawn ...

  • Fertilizers – a growing threat to sea life

    A rise in carbon emissions is not the only threat to the planet. Changes to the nitrogen cycle, caused in large part by the widespread use of fertilizers, are also damaging both water quality and aquatic life. These concerns are highlighted by Professor Grace Brush, from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA, in her historical review1 of landscape changes around Chesapeake Bay, a large ...


    By Springer

  • Fertile ground santa fe reporter

    By Lucas Conley It didn’t take an MBA to identify the bottleneck in Kenneth Baltz’ supply chain. “His entire supply of eggs would be sold out within two hours of opening the Farmers Market,” Sarah Noss, the executive director of the Santa Fe Farmers Market Institute, recalls. “Then he’d just have to sit there for the rest of the day.” Baltz needed ...

  • How to Make Cow Dung Fertilizer

    Currently, the most common and valuable processing method is to turn cow dung/manure into sellable organic fertilizer. Cow dung is a derived product from wastes produced by cattle, providing high levels of organic materials and rich in nutrients, including about nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium as well as many other essential nutrients. According to the data, daily cow dung contain 12.9% DM ...

  • Greening Pepsi, from fertilizer to bottles

    Pepsi recently demonstrated its commitment to reducing its environmental impacts up and down the value chain with two rapid-fire announcements about new initiatives. The old-school approach to greening is to focus on operations within the proverbial "four walls." But Pepsi, like other leaders, is approaching sustainability more holistically, with much greater impact. I recently spoke with Tim ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • A new innovative way to fertilize through leaves

    Various nitrogen sources were tested in this study in order to fertilize pine leaves and oak leaves instead of using the traditional fertilization which is based on the nitrogen absorption through the root. After assessing the efficiency of leaf nitrogen uptake of the two studied species, the researcher team from Universidad de Alcalá and Politécnica de Madrid concluded that this ...

  • Fertilizer placement affects nutrient leaching patterns

    Controlled-release fertilizers (CRFs) are a widely used method of delivering nutrients to nursery container crops. The fertilizers contain encapsulated solid mineral nutrients that dissolve slowly in water, and are then released into substrates over an extended period of time. Although the use of CRFs is an accepted practice, growers and researchers are always looking for ways to decrease ...

  • Meet the leading players in the African fertilizer market

    The Argus FMB Africa Fertilizer Conference will take place ...


    By Argus Media Ltd.

  • GE and Houweling’s Tomatoes Unveil the First Greenhouse Combined Heat and Power Project in the US with Carbon Dioxide Fertilization

    GE (NYSE: GE) and its customer Houweling’s Tomatoes, a leading North American greenhouse grower, today unveiled the first combined heat and power (CHP) greenhouse project in America that captures carbon dioxide (CO2) for use in plant fertilization. Using two of GE’s 4.36-megawatt (MW), ecomagination-qualified ...


    By General Electric

  • Arcadia Biosciences Takes Next Step to Enable Farmers to Receive Carbon Credits for Reduced Nitrogen Fertilizer Use

    Arcadia Biosciences, Inc., an agricultural technology company focused on developing technologies and products that benefit the environment and human health, today announced that the company has submitted a carbon credit methodology to the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The methodology would allow ...


    By Arcadia Biosciences, Inc.

  • 1980-2014: U.S. Corn Production More than Doubles; While Fertilizer Use Remains Almost Level

    The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) announced today that between 1980 and 2014, U.S. farmers more than doubled corn production using just under six percent more fertilizer nutrients than were used in 1980.  The announcement is based on fertilizer application rate data released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).   ...

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