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  • Yakima Valley Hop Growers Start Spring ‘Coaxing’ of Crop

    The Yakima Valley is the nation’s largest hop producer, with three-quarters of all hops grown in America coming from its fields. Growers are off to a slightly slower start this season because of wet weather.

     

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    Yakima Herald-Republic

     

    MOXEE, Yakima County —

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  • Online calculators help growers improve nitrogen, water efficiency - meet regulatory requirements

    The Almond Board of California has created a tool - the Almond Nitrogen Calculator - which not only helps you manage your nitrogen applications for efficient fertilizer use, but also generates a Nitrogen Management Plan as required by the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program.

    As we await proposed changes to the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program (ILRP), current requirements are still in place for all Central Valley Water Quality Coalitions, including farm evaluations, nitrogen summary reports, and a sediment and erosion plan.

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  • No More Gyp Stacks? Engineers Developing Way To Make Fertilizer Without Nasty By-Product

    FORT MEADE, Fla. - When that radioactive sinkhole opened up earlier this fall in Mulberry, it drained more than 215 million gallons of toxic water from what’s known as a phosphogypsum stack, or ‘gyp stack’ for short. 

    Gypsum is the necessary evil in making fertilizer — it’s the toxic waste you can’t avoid.

    But that might not be true much longer.

    Deep in the far-back country of Polk County is a group of engineers possibly sitting on the future of fertilizer.

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  • Injection System Designed for Variable Rate Irrigation, Fertigation, Chemigation

    Precision agriculture powered by GPS technology—at first a novelty—has now become the norm, driven in part by economic necessity. Putting fertilizer where it is most needed, in the precise amounts required, improves both input utilization and final yields.

    That variable-rate technology, first applied to dry fertilizer application, is now beginning to revolutionize the irrigation industry. A new world where a network of sensors constantly monitors soil moisture conditions and directs systems capable of variable-rate irrigation is rapidly becoming a reality.

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  • Analyst Predicts at Least 3 Million More Soybean Acres in 2017

    “Last week’s WASDE report came and went without much of a stir in the stock market. Producers now need to turn the focus to the weather in South America.

    According to Chip Nellinger of Blue Reef Agri-Marketing, Argentina has seen dry weather, but it hasn’t affected yields. If there’s no rain for that area, he believes it will build weather premium into the market.

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  • Farmers Narrowly Dodge Environmental Storm

    “Narrow escape only emphasizes the importance of sound nitrogen management

    Now would be a good time to thank Mother Nature. She saved many farmers from an environmental black eye by preventing what could have been a perfect storm of nitrogen pollution this past spring.

    Next time we might not be so fortunate, warns Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie. The perfect storm that wasn’t shows how critical it is for farmers to be the best possible nitrogen stewards.

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  • Fertilizer Transport by Rail Now Tracked for Efficiency

    "The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) lauded the Surface Transportation Board (STB) for finalizing its rulemaking at the end of November requiring Class I railroads to provide performance reports on shipments of fertilizer.

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  • Investment in fertilizer industry hits $4.5 billion

    "The African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) has disclosed that investment in the fertilizer industry has risen to about $4.5 billion.

    The Chief Executive Officer of AFAP, Jason Scarpone, who made the disclosure during the Nigeria Fertilizer Roadmap Stakeholders Consultation yesterday, in Abuja, described the sub-sector’s growth as an economic potential that has the capacity to reduce importation of food into the country.

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  • Fertilizer prices look to rise by late summer

    "CNS Canada — A rise in prices for soybeans and other crops could make fertilizer more expensive in the coming months, according to a major player in the industry.

    In the May market report from the Mosaic Co., the company credited the rally in agricultural commodity prices, the strengthening of key currencies and various Indian subsidies and Brazilian political dramas as helping raise the prospects for a rebound in nitrogen, phosphorous and potash values.

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  • ResponsibleAg growing and recruiting

    "The ResponsibleAg organization announced its “registered retail facilities is now in excess of 1,900,” and the executive director has seen a “marked uptick in participation,” which he expects to continue.

    “We are quickly becoming the ‘go to’ organization for retail compliance assistance tools and assessments,” said the executive director, Bill Qualls.

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