Thursday, June 8, 2023



Leading Agtech company, Nutrition Technologies, launches Diptia™ biofertiliser from insect frass

Singapore-based Nutrition Technologies has launched their new bioactive organic fertiliser, Diptia™, specifically designed and formulated to combat fungal plant diseases, and protect soil from infection. Diptia™ is a patent pending Nutrition Technologies product derived from Black Soldier Fly frass ... ARR.News asked Rezuwan Zakaria, Nutrition Technologies R&D Manager, some further questions about the product, Diptia™ and the company itself.

‘What goes up, must come down’ – Australian winter crop outlook: Rabobank

The nation is on track to plant an impressive 23.48 million hectare winter crop this year – up slightly on last year’s crop area – Rabobank says in its newly-released 2023/24 Australian Winter Crop Outlook ... overall harvest totals are forecast to be lower than last season, with expectations of drier growing conditions due to the likely transition to an El Nino climate cycle, the specialist agribusiness bank says.

‘Improved affordability ahead’ – Rabobank fertiliser outlook

Farm fertiliser "affordability" is starting to improve across the globe, with a likely recovery in application in some regions in 2023, Rabobank says in a recently-released report ... The report, titled Improved Affordability Ahead, says global fertiliser prices had begun to trend higher in 2021 due to supply chain constraints resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Once in a generation sugar price sets stage for bumper year: Canegrowers

Queensland’s 2023 sugarcane crush is just weeks away and once again growers are heading into harvest with a sense of trepidation and optimism. CANEGROWERS Chairman Owen Menkens says a recent spike in the world sugar price, coupled with a drop in fertiliser prices, is setting up 2023 as a bumper year for Queensland’s sugarcane industry.

Call to increase fertiliser price transparency

Kristin Murdock. Fertiliser is one of the highest input costs on farm, and knowing what happens within this market is important. In good news for Australian farmers, the fertiliser market has started coming off, with prices falling over the past month.

Input costs headline grain producer priorities: GPA

Grain Producers Australia’s new survey results show growers faced multiple, significant challenges with producing a near record crop in 2022-23 – especially input costs and extreme weather events. Whilst some analysts forecast the Australian crop size at a huge 71 million tonnes, valued at about $28 billion, Australian grain producers also planted the most expensive crop on record.

PyroAg Wood Vinegar leading the Australian charge to combat rising fertiliser costs and amplifying premium regenerative farming methods

With the price of Australian fertiliser imports rising by a record 128 per cent, PyroAg, a leader in creating commercial quantities of Pyroligneous acid or wood vinegar, is urging Australian farmers to embrace the next generation of sustainable farming practices, as well as stripping their fertiliser costs significantly, with scientifically backed high density liquid that will provide proven substantial benefits to the Australian agricultural sector.

Big numbers don’t guarantee grains value capture: Grain Producers Australia

New forecasting showing record Australian grain production numbers – despite impacts of severe weather and flooding during a delayed and disrupted harvest – makes good news for today’s papers. However, Grain Producers Australia says the headline numbers mask some serious structural issues faced by growers on the ground, which impact productivity and need to be urgently addressed.

After two turbulent years, fertiliser markets may start to settle in 2023 – Rabobank Semi-annual Fertiliser Outlook

Amid extreme market volatility and record-high prices, fertilizer consumption suffered in 2022. According to a new Rabobank report, a recovery in consumption is possible in some regions in 2023, with fertilizer prices lowering and commodity prices at historically high levels.

Kalyx Australia expands research capacity and acquires Staphyt’s New Zealand business

Kalyx Australia, a national agricultural business, announced it has completed its acquisition of Staphyt Research Limited’s New Zealand business; a move that sees the company grow its presence for the first time beyond Australian shores. For over two decades now, Kalyx has been leading independent agricultural research in Australia with their national presence and operational excellence.

Boost spring feed with strategic nitrogen: Incitec Pivot Fertilisers

After a wet and cool winter, livestock producers are being encouraged to consider applying targeted nitrogen (N) fertiliser to support pasture growth, helping to avoid a feed gap or boost silage or hay yields ... This coincides with pastures being most nitrogen deficient, so strategic application in late winter to early spring can produce additional feed for spring if supported by the right conditions. 

When Green idealism fails to yield

In 1971 the United States Secretary of Agriculture, Earl Butz spoke wisely and bluntly about the perils of organic farming. “Before we go back to organic agriculture in this country, somebody must decide which 50 million Americans we are going to let starve or go hungry.”

Review – Farm – the making of a climate activist

A good place to start reading Farm is at the back. That may sound counterintuitive but by taking a look at the extensive bibliography you’ll quickly see how intensely researched the book is which adds weight to the arguments and questions it presents. While Farm is a memoir that chronicles the journey of Nicola Harvey and her husband after they leave their city lives to farm cattle in rural New Zealand, it is far more than that.

Statement on Adblue supply measures: NFF

Moves to secure AdBlue supplies past the end of this year will come as a relief to farmers ... While the AdBlue market in Australia is currently stable, we’ve seen fear sweep through Europe this week as the energy crisis cripples supply and raises concerns of a looming shortage.

Subsidising fertiliser is not smart

Some older farmers will remember the Australian superphosphate bounty of $12/tonne that was on offer between 1964 to 1974. Some might have even been at this Perth rally when farmers roughed up Gough Whitlam after he said he was pulling the plug on the bounty ... more hard policy decisions should have been made to cut tariffs and industry support right across Australia to put an end to the endless drip of governments ...

Incitec Pivot Fertilisers acquires Yara Nipro liquid fertiliser business

Incitec Pivot Fertilisers (IPF) has announced it has reached an agreement with Yara Australia to acquire the Yara Nipro liquid fertiliser business in Australia. The acquisition is subject to ACCC clearance. Jeanne Jonns, Incitec Pivot Limited (IPL) MD & CEO, said the Yara Nipro business is complementary to IPF’s broader business, and the acquisition of Yara Nipro operations in Moree and Whitton in New South Wales and Boundary Bend in Victoria will provide excellent liquid fertiliser options and enhanced security of supply for farmers across the east coast of Australia.

Soil health testing unearths potential for Queensland cane growers

“Comparing soil health in sugarcane growing districts to soil health in pasture, horticulture and cropping regions shows just how unique those sugarcane soil systems are. Many cane growers may not have measured their soil health before but with commodity prices remaining strong in this regulated market, we’re seeing cane growers becoming increasingly interested in soil health" : Rob Dwyer, Incitec Pivot Fertilisers agronomist.

Opportunities and risks for Australian agriculture amid global volatility

Ongoing inflationary pressures, a weaker global economic outlook and the prospect of a wet winter across many production regions of Australia is causing volatility for the agriculture sector... NAB Senior Agribusiness Economist, Phin Ziebell, said Australian agriculture was facing a number of opportunities and risks as a result of current global conditions.

WICC sets sights on net zero with biochar plan

Shaun Ossinger, Patricia Gill. A Wilson Inlet Catchment Committee project, Green waste towards net zero, will target the conversion of Denmark’s green waste into biochar ... Instead of burning the green waste at Denmark’s Waste Transfer Station or transporting it to Albany’s Hanrahan Road tip, WICC is seeking solutions that benefit farmers and the community.

Flood waste on Northern Rivers farms turned into useful mulch

Australia’s most trusted rural charity, Rural Aid, has helped Northern Rivers farmers turn rotting flood waste into a healthy by-product for soil improvement, through a partnership with Multikraft Probiotic Solutions. Multikraft’s MicroBalance product was last week sprayed by helicopter onto 33 farms in northern New South Wales.

Sewage solution lights up Logan’s carbon ambitions

Logan City Council has opened an innovative new facility that turns human waste into energy and fertiliser ... The facility, which is the first of its kind in Australia, blasts sewage with extremely high heat to turn it into a product called biochar. Biochar can be used for a variety of purposes including as a fertiliser for the agricultural industry. It also has potential applications in the building industry.

Fertiliser test strips fine-tune fertiliser decisions

GRDC Agronomy Solutions Director Sean Mason ... says the use of pre-season soil testing results from within paddock zones together with test strips can fine-tune fertiliser recommendations and ensure growers are getting the most bang for their fertiliser buck.

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