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

Louis Dreyfus to exit dairy by mid-2019

Paris | Reuters –– Louis Dreyfus Co. said on Wednesday it would sell or wind down its small dairy business by the middle of this year as part of an overhaul to revive growth at the agricultural commodity giant. Privately-held Louis Dreyfus had previously earmarked dairy as one of several activities to be sold or […] Read more


Nutrien eyeing expansion of nitrogen plants

CEO Chuck Magro says building up existing assets is the most cost-effective way to capitalize on rising prices

Reuters – Nutrien, the world’s biggest crop nutrient producer by capacity, is looking at expanding several nitrogen fertilizer plants in North America due to rising prices, chief executive officer Chuck Magro said last month. Nitrogen prices have climbed as China’s shutdown of coal-fired plants and rising European costs of natural gas, a key ingredient in […] Read more



The ‘Smart Soils’ panel at the Ag 4.0.2 conference included Jordanna Kalis from SoilOptix, Taylor Vokes from Sprucedale Agromart and Jake Kraayenbrink, owner of Agbrink. The panel was moderated by Keith Reid (r), a local farmer and the Alternative Land Use Services program co-ordinator for Grey-Bruce.

Making technology work for healthier soil

Farmers have to make decisions on which soil-health technologies they want to adopt

Building and maintaining soil health increasingly involves technology. The challenge for farmers is deciding which approach they invest in to monitor and maintain their soil health. Three different approaches using technology to solve soil health problems were presented at the Grey County’s third annual Ag 4.0.2 conference held Nov. 1, 2018 in Meaford. Why it […] Read more

Fertilizer maker Nutrien’s profit beats on strong potash demand

Reuters – Canadian fertilizer and farm supplies dealer Nutrien Ltd reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit and raised its full-year adjusted profit forecast, driven by strong demand for its potash fertilizers. The world’s largest fertilizer company by capacity raised its full-year adjusted profit forecast to the range of $2.60-$2.80 per share, from its prior estimate of […] Read more

Grain handle down slightly in record quarter for CP

Grain carloads were marginally fewer but grain revenue per carload climbed 10 per cent to help Canadian Pacific Railway to its highest quarterly revenue ever. Calgary-based CP on Oct. 18 booked net income of $622 million on $1.898 billion in revenues — its “highest ever (revenues) for any quarter” — in its third quarter ending […] Read more


The Salford Group’s BBI Sniper dry fertilizer spreader has section control, with 120 foot spread.

Spinner spreaders get new swath control technology

The Salford Group BBI Sniper spreader can adjust on the fly to precisely apply fertilizer

The Salford Group has launched a new spinner spreader, called the Sniper, that enables farmers to control sections of spread for increasing accuracy, less overlap and less environmental impact. The spreader spreads 120 feet. The challenge designing the spreader was the lower quality and consistency of fertilizer in North America, said Anson Boak, Salford’s marketing […] Read more

Potash supply is increasing as new mines come on line.

Global fertilizer market prices vary

An expected drop in potash prices has not happened as quickly as thought

Fertilizer prices are expected to vary over the next few months, with some types continuing to increase while others should drop, according to an analyst. Why it matters: Fertilizer can make up a sizable portion of farmers’ input costs, so rises and falls in the market can significantly impact farm margins. “The fertilizer market has […] Read more