International phosphate prices have tumbled in 2019 as supply has far outstripped demand but they could start climbing this fall, says an analyst.

Now might be the right time to buy phosphorus: analyst

Extra global supply has dropped prices, but the glut is ending

Glacier FarmMedia – International phosphate prices have tumbled in 2019 as supply has far outstripped demand but they could start climbing this fall, says an analyst. “I do see more upside to it, I absolutely do,” said Josh Linville, fertilizer analyst with INTL FCStone. Phosphate was trading in New Orleans for about US$300 per tonne […] Read more

Nutrien to idle three Saskatchewan potash mines

Canadian fertilizer giant Nutrien plans to shut down three of its Saskatchewan potash mines for up to two months in the fourth quarter of the year. The Saskatoon company said Wednesday it “expects to proactively take up to eight-week inventory shutdowns” at its mines at Allan, Lanigan and Vanscoy, Sask. during that period. If all […] Read more

Young plant growing in soil on green bokeh background

COFS demos: Finding the value in fertilizer spreaders

More farmers are doing their own precision application of dry fertilizer

Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show is hosting a new Fertilizer Spreader Demo this year as part of its extensive, ongoing list of field demonstrations. Other demos in this year’s line-up include the Tillage of Cover Crops Demo and Evolution of Farming Demo, Featuring Dot Technology Corp. and presented by Corteva Agriscience. “Demonstrating fertilizer spreaders this year […] Read more

Variable rate application good for soil, farmers’ bottom lines

MarketsFarm — For Saskatchewan farmer Terry Aberhart and research scientist Alan Moulin, variable rate (VR) application is a no-brainer. In representing Sure Growth Solutions Inc. at the Global Cash Crop Conference in Winnipeg on Wednesday, Aberhart explained the cost savings farmers can achieve by applying different amounts of fertilizer. “The mentality is, if you want […] Read more

The new FS Partners fertilizer warehouse in Ayr opened earlier this year and holds 15,000 tonnes of fertilizer.

Ayr fertilizer plant the latest to get new warehouse

Farmers are becoming more efficient and retailers are investing in infrastructure to keep up

FS Partners is one of the many agriculture retailers that have built a new fertilizer warehouse to keep up with Ontario farmers. “Farmers are looking for increased service and scalability. Their equipment has gotten bigger and we have to be able to follow that trend,” says Kevin Stumpf, manager of FS Partners, from its Ayr […] Read more


Railways book higher grain freight revenue for Q1

Canada’s big two railways reported somewhat higher revenue from handling grain during their fiscal quarter ending March 31, despite both companies reporting winter weather woes. Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) on April 23 reported grain segment revenue of $380 million for the quarter, up six per cent from the year-earlier period, on about 92,800 grain carloads, […] Read more

Fertilizer purchase is one of the areas of farmer input management that is just now being disrupted by online platforms.

Online sales of large volume inputs changing

In 2017, Farmers Business Network made its debut in Canada, and offers many programs with aggregated data

Farmers are increasingly looking at how they can price and buy their inputs online, but there are trust and relationship issues to overcome. Farmers already use digital platforms to buy equipment and supplies online. Online ordering for hard-to-find parts isn’t new. But a digital platform to enable farmers to buy large volumes of crop inputs, […] Read more

Alberta input retail chain expands westward reach

A pair of independent crop input retail outlets in west-central Alberta will be networking with seven others by month-end. Crop Management Network (CMN), a joint venture between an employee-owned network of retail outlets and La Coop federee’s Agrico Canada arm, announced Wednesday it has reached a deal to buy Performance Ag Group. Performance Ag, which […] Read more


Making fertilizer available to growing corn is key to getting it growing quickly.

Comparing banding to broadcasting fertilizer

Precision Planting research shows 50 per cent of corn P and N should be banded at planting

A team at technology/consulting company Precision Planting has completed research that compares banding fertilizer applications to broadcasting. Banding brings a higher yield potential. “The soil bank unreliably controls the fertilizer,” said Cory Muhlbauer at the 2019 Winter Conference put on by Precision Planting, referring to broadcast-applied fertilizers. When a grower broadcasts fertilizer on the soil […] Read more

Lake Erie, the shallowest of the Great Lakes, is most at risk from phosphorus loading.

The importance of voluntary 4R nutrient management

Agriculture has a chance to manage phosphorus load in waterways, before regulations arrive

As nutrient runoff into Lake Erie and other waterways continues to be a major public environmental issue, veteran agronomists say voluntarily adopting 4R Nutrient Stewardship is more important than ever. Why it matters: Veteran agronomists say Ontario farmers must voluntarily adopt industry-driven 4R Nutrient Stewardship before more stringent and costly government regulations on nutrient runoff […] Read more