One of the screens from the Crop Nutrient Needs Calculator.

Nutrient management program gets new look

Agrisuite updates to better accommodate farmers

Reading Time: 3 minutes Agrisuite, Ontario farmers’ nutrient management software, will have a fresh new look come winter. Web browsers’ inability to support the aging software was the initial reason for the revamp, but the Agrisuite development team is taking the opportunity to advance, simplify and promote the program with funding from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. Why it matters: […] Read more

Nutrien cuts profit forecast on weak fertilizer demand

Reading Time: 1 minute Bengaluru |Reuters – Canadian fertilizer maker Nutrien Ltd missed third-quarter profit estimates and cut full-year earnings forecast on Monday, as it battled lower demand for its crop nutrients. Agricultural companies have seen their profits hammered by harsh weather that delayed planting season in North America and a trade war fueled uncertainty that has crimped crop demand. “Nutrien’s third-quarter […] Read more

BHP sets early 2021 for decision on Jansen potash project

Reading Time: 2 minutes Melbourne | Reuters — BHP Group Ltd., the world’s biggest miner, said on Thursday it will make a final investment decision on its long-delayed $17 billion Jansen potash project in Saskatchewan around February 2021. Investors have been awaiting a decision by BHP on whether to go ahead with project, which would be its most significant […] Read more

K+S cuts output on weak potash demand

Reading Time: 1 minute Frankfurt | Reuters — German mineral miner K+S will cut production of potash fertilizers, dragging core earnings lower, as a halt imposed by China on potash imports dampens global markets. “In the current weak market environment, which is further intensified by the continuing Chinese import bans on the standard potassium chloride product, adjusting production is […] Read more

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

Reading Time: 3 minutes 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

Reading Time: 1 minute 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

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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