Fertilizer
Easter lilies are usually watered on demand using either overhead or subirrigation.
The world is awash with phosphorus, and yet it is also running out of the precious nutrient. As a key nutrient in the foods we eat, phosphorus eventually makes its way through us into a waste stream.
Greenhouse organic vegetable producers will soon have another soil amendment to consider, and they’ll have “red wigglers” to thank for it. The University of Guelph has granted Forterra Environmental Corp. an exclusive licence to market certain soil blends scientifically developed at the southwestern Ontario university.
April 26, 2010, Toronto – Ontario agriculture is concerned, once again, that a provincial government program is about to unfairly add to their production costs.
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Rationalizing fertilizer packaging
Ontario agriculture is concerned, once again, that a provincial government program is about to unfairly add to their production costs.
April 8, 2010, Halifax – Buyout firm Clarke Inc. has sold its stake in garden care product supplier Sure-Gro Holdings Inc. to Premier Tech for about $13.5 million.
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Premier Tech acquires Sure-Gro
Buyout firm Clarke Inc. has sold its stake in garden care product supplier Sure-Gro Holdings Inc. to Premier Tech for about $ 13.5 million.
Jan. 4, 2010 – Sewage sludge can be successfully converted into compost that can enhance growth and flowering of landscape plants, according to recent research in Malaysia.
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Compost from sewage sludge no slouch
Sewage sludge can be successfully converted into compost that can enhance growth and flowering of landscape plants, according to recent research in Malaysia.
Dec. 18, 2009 – Berger Peat Moss CEO Claudin Berger has announced the appointment of Valérie Berger as corporate sales director.
Oct. 9, 2009, Round Rock, Texas — Biomass gasification and the resulting production of “biochar” were among the topics addressed at the Texas Animal Manure Management Issues Conference Sept. 29-30 in Round Rock, north of Austin.
In a previous “Inside View,” we looked at numerous options for making growing containers from renewable inputs. But what about the main item that fills those pots, namely the growing medium? Our staple for many years, peat, is a wonderful natural ingredient that has served (and continues to serve) the industry very well. It is estimated that 60 per cent of the world’s wetlands are peat bogs, and only seven per cent have been accessed for agriculture/forestry uses. A much higher proportion is simply burned as fuel.
June 10, 2009, Guelph, Ont. — Engage Agro has been named the exclusive marketer and distributor for the Advanced Micro Polymers (AMP) Liquid Mulch products – including AMP753 and AMP53 – in North America.
May 29, 2009 — Sun Gro Horticulture and Florikan ESA are hoping to form a strategic joint venture to sell controlled release and water-soluble fertilizers, as well as other specialty fertilizer products, to the professional horticulture industry in North America.
When we look at growing media, most of us in greenhouse production start thinking of pH, EC, nutrient content, and water holding capacity, among other things. Nothing wrong there. We consider the medium as something to provide support to plants, help provide nutrition, and regulate water and oxygen availability to roots. Oh, and if it’s a proprietary mix or bulk raw materials, “growbag” or inert slab, of course we think about the cost.
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