Trump-backed Canadian railway to Alaska faces high hurdles

Proponents say line could move grain, fertilizer as well as oil

Reading Time: 2 minutes Winnipeg/Washington | Reuters — A private-sector proposal endorsed by U.S. President Donald Trump to build a railway from Canada’s oil sands to ports in Alaska would free landlocked crude but faces numerous steep challenges. Trump wrote on Twitter over the weekend that he would issue a permit for the Alaska-Alberta Railway Development Corporation (A2A Rail) […] Read more

Henry Denotter tries to get three applications of nitrogen onto his corn crop.

Debate ongoing over Y-drop systems

Moisture often critical factor in effective late-season nutrient application

Reading Time: 3 minutes Does “spoon-feeding” nitrogen via Y-drop systems make for a better corn crop? Some say yes — if there’s enough moisture to carry nutrients into the soil. Some growers, however, have found success even in dry summer conditions, meaning the Y-drop versus side-dress debate continues. Why it matters: Not every grower finds Y-drop systems worthwhile, but […] Read more

As cover crops continue to catch on, more farmers are looking for technology to make it happen. The new drop tube kits from AGCO will be available on new machines this summer and as a retrofit for existing RoGators this fall.

Drop tubes allow dual urea and cover crop seed application

New granular/seed tubes for RoGator put the right products in the right places, between the rows, not on them

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Farmers can now apply 150 pounds per acre urea while simultaneously applying 20 pounds per acre cover crop seed through new drop tubes retrofitted to a RoGator AirMax Precision R1/R2. The new drop tube kit is designed for between-row application of in-season dry granular fertilizer and precisely seeding cover crops into standing […] Read more

North American ammonium nitrate laws best in world, Nutrien CEO says

Reading Time: 2 minutes Winnipeg | Reuters — North America’s regulations for handling ammonium nitrate, a potentially explosive product used in fertilizer and in the mining industry, are the strictest in the world, the CEO of Canadian fertilizer producer Nutrien said Tuesday. An ammonium nitrate stockpile exploded last week in Beirut killing at least 171 people, injuring 6,000 and […] Read more

Who owned the chemicals that blew up Beirut? No one will say

The fertilizer's Georgian producer has since been dissolved; the ship that brought it to Lebanon sank in 2018

Reading Time: 5 minutes Moscow/Dubai/London | Reuters — In the murky story of how a cache of highly explosive ammonium nitrate ended up on the Beirut waterfront, one thing is clear — no one has ever publicly come forward to claim it. There are many unanswered questions surrounding last week’s huge, deadly blast in the Lebanese capital, but ownership […] Read more


Nutrien cuts profit forecast on weak ammonia prices

Reading Time: < 1 minute Reuters — Canadian fertilizer maker Nutrien on Monday cut its annual adjusted profit forecast as weaker-than-normal industrial demand held back prices for ammonia and urea ammonium nitrate. The company cut the top end of its 2020 adjusted earnings per share forecast to $1.90 from $2.10 earlier, while retaining the lower end at $1.50. Even as […] Read more

Corn is one of the major crops that nitrogen-fixing bacterium Envita could help.

New nitrogen-fixing input available in Canada

Developers say it boosts yield, but some researchers look for more data

Reading Time: 4 minutes A nitrogen-fixing bacterial input is now available to Canadian growers. While the developer is touting it as a “revolutionary” tool to push yields and reduce overall input costs, researchers caution such products are not miracle solutions, and can hide more endemic problems. Why it matters: Some biological inputs can have a positive impact on crops, […] Read more

U.S. farming body, Zambian firm partner aim to boost crop yields

Country rebuilding drought-battered ag sector

Reading Time: < 1 minute Lusaka | Reuters — A U.S. non-profit organization has launched a US$40 million joint venture with one of Zambia’s top farm suppliers to boost crop yields and food security as farmers struggle to access finance amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the local company said on Sunday. The chairman of African Green Resources (AGR), Zuneid Yousuf, said […] Read more


EU plans to halve pesticide use, expand organic farming

Reading Time: 2 minutes Brussels | Reuters — The European Commission said on Wednesday it planned to increase organic farming and cut agricultural chemical use to protect the environment, proposals welcomed by green groups but which farmers said would make them less flexible. Agriculture is a contributor to climate change – producing around 10 per cent of EU greenhouse […] Read more

Nutrien cuts 2020 forecast as corn demand, potash prices hit

Reading Time: < 1 minute Reuters — Fertilizer maker Nutrien said Wednesday it has seen limited impact from the COVID-19 outbreak, but cut its annual forecast as oil downturn hit corn demand and potash prices are hard-pressed outside North America. Biofuel producers have been hit by plummeting demand for gasoline and jet fuel after severe global travel restrictions were imposed […] Read more