August 27, 2013

BioWorks Adds EcoVita To The Verdanta Family Of Biofertilizers

EcoVita, a homogeneous granular organic fertilizer, has been added to Bioworks Inc.’s Verdanta biofertilizers product family. This fertilizer will be manufactured and supplied to BioWorks by DCM Corporation of Belgium, a producer of natural and organic-based fertilizers in Western Europe. EcoVita is suitable for a wide variety of crops with its gentle release curve including:• Organic fertilization as a base nutrition in potting mixes• Leafy vegetables• Fruiting vegetables (s a top dressing) • Roses and other ornamentals The new fertilizer offers long-lasting and continuous action for 75 to 100 days and contains organic phosphorus (5 percent P2O5) for fast rooting. Nutrients in EcoVita are gradually released by the soil microbes, in addition to producing humus for better rooting and less leaching. EcoVita is OMRI Listed, making it suitable for use in organic production. “We’re pleased to introduce EcoVita 7-5-10 as our organic NPK product to complement our organic products: K-Vita 2-0-20 […]

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April 29, 2013

Rockwell Farms Introduces Ready-To-Pour Container Fertilizer

Rockwell Farms has introduced Rockwell Farms Plant Food, a bottled liquid fertilizer that does not need to be diluted before use. Always looking for ways to help the consumer succeeed, Jason Roseman of Rockwell Farms says the operation is also always looking for ways to get consumers to come back and buy more plants and flowers. “We feel like fertilization is one of those things that can be very confusing,” Roseman says. “Not everyone does it, and not everyone knows what they’re supposed to do.” The solution: Rockwell Farms Plant Food. The formulation is 150 ppm of a 20-10-20 fertilizer and is sold in 24-ounce bottles. Rockwell recommends that one bottle be used to fertilize 1.5- to 3-gallon outdoor plant and flower containers every 21 days. The product’s signage shows a young patio gardener pouring the bottled fertilizer on a windowbox with the tagline, “Just pour on your way out […]

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April 29, 2013

Plant Products To Be Purchased By MGS Horticultural And The Haifa Group

MGS Horticultural Inc., a full-service supplier of fertilizers, pest control products, seeds and substrates in North America, together with Haifa Chemicals, a global supplier of potassium nitrate for agriculture and industry, specialty plant nutrients and food phosphates, today announced a plan to purchase Canadian fertilizer and pesticides supplier Plant Products Co. Ltd. The deal is anticipated to close by the end of June 2013. MGS will acquire Plant Products’ Canadian distribution business, sales force and name. MGS plans to use both names (MGS Horticultural and Plant Products) in all communications going forward. MGS will maintain locations in Leamington, ON; Brampton, ON; Laval, QC; St. Hyacinthe, QC; and Detroit, Mich. As part of the deal, MGS has signed multi-year agreements with Haifa to maintain exclusive distribution of Plant-Prod Soluble Fertilizers, Acer Controlled Release Fertilizer, Stim-Root and potting soil premix fertilizers for distribution in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Eastern Canada. “MGS is excited […]

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March 19, 2013

Irrigation And Fertilizer Tips For New Vegetable Growers

Compared to other variable costs, fertilizers are not the largest part of the budget in conventional greenhouse production. Nevertheless, over the course of the season, mistakes in fertilizer use can lead to significant damages or crop losses. That makes this an important topic for ornamental growers who are experimenting with growing vegetable crops. This article will emphasize major differences between fertilizers used in vegetable production and in ornamentals production. The different nutrition strategies, monitoring and water volume per plant will also be explained. Fertilizer In ornamental production, nutrients are delivered using various water-soluble fertilizers through a fertilizer injector, through the use of controlled-release fertilizers, or a combination of the two. There are numerous fertilizer mixes available with all the needed nutrients already included. The fertilization rate is often given in parts per million (ppm) of nitrogen (N), which is a way of expressing the fertilizer concentration. At younger stages, plants will […]

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March 11, 2013

Daniels Plant Food Rebranded As Nature’s Source

Ball DPF has announced the launch of Nature’s Source, a rebranding in name and packaging for its seed extract-based plant fertilizer product Daniels Plant Food. The new brand will make its industry debut at California Spring Trials. “While we are proud of our heritage, we made this bold decision because we’re expanding sales to our existing market segments and entering new ones. It was a good opportunity to start with a fresh name and a modern look for all our products and packaging,” says Chance Finch, general manager for Ball DPF. “We wanted to make it obvious, beginning with our Nature’s Source brand name, to know our products are sourced from nature. Growers, contractors and gardeners can be confident that our effective and unique formulations remain unchanged. We’re excited about launching updated packaging for all our products, and especially the new ready-to-spray plant food for home gardeners.” The Nature’s Source brand […]

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March 6, 2013

Everris Introduces E-Max Release Technology Coating Chemistry For Fertilizer Customization

Everris has introduced its new E-Max Release Technology, a proprietary coating chemistry for use on a wide variety of nutrient components that are incorporated into controlled-release fertilizer products. According to Chris Buchheit, marketing manager for Everris’ ornamental horticulture products, E-Max will help Osmocote and the company’s other existing brands deliver even better performance and value. “This coating will aid in the development of products that both complement and enhance our Osmocote portfolio and other fertilizer lines. It will increase Everris’ flexibility to create customized nutrition programs designed for horticulture growers,” Buchheit says. E-Max Release Technology is a durable, cutting-edge, reacted polymer coating for use on a variety of essential macro- and micronutrients. Nutrients coated with E-Max Technology are produced to the same performance standards as Osmocote. It will allow for continued expansion of the Everris portfolio, the ability to further enhance nutritional values and an efficient use of a grower’s […]

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February 4, 2013

BioSafe Systems And Daniels Plant Food Company Will Partner To Develop Fertilizers

BioSafe Systems has entered into a strategic partnership with Daniels Plant Food Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ball Horticulture Inc. BioSafe and Daniels have worked closely together for the past two years and will now look to further develop liquid plant food serving both the conventional and organic markets. In conjunction, BioSafe Systems will be introducing its own branded line of plant food products focusing on turf, landscape and agricultural markets. “Liquid plant food is a natural progression for our company” says Rob Larose, CEO of BioSafe Systems. “It fits perfectly into our current line of green and sustainable products, and we are excited about partnering with Daniels.” Daniels manufactures and markets both conventional and organic liquid fertilizers, using botanical extracts to provide high-value nutrition to plants. BioSafe Systems develops and markets effective and sustainable products to a wide variety of industries, including fruit and vegetable production, turf and […]

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December 3, 2012

Selecting Fertilizer Formulations To Manage Plant Growth

Growers have several tools at their disposal to manage the finished height of crops — from negative DIF to plant growth regulator applications. Certainly, the rate of fertilizer application — like 150 versus 250 ppm nitrogen (N) — influences plant growth rate and size. But beyond this, an often overlooked strategy of growth management is in the selection of the fertilizer formulations used to provide plant nutrients. The formulation is presented on a bag of fertilizer as percent N to percent phosphorus (P2O5) to percent potassium (K2O). The specific nutrients to evaluate when your focus is growth management are phosphorus and nitrogen. Restricting (but not eliminating) phosphorus in the fertilizer source is a great growth management tool. Phosphorus availability often limits plant growth in nature, and phosphorus deficiency can be used to stall growth and stretch. In fact, the first visual indication of phosphorus deficiency is smaller, darker-green foliage. More […]

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November 29, 2012

Dosatron International Introduces New Mini Maintenance Kits

Dosatron International, Inc. introduces new Mini Maintenance Kits for fertilizer and chemical injectors. “The Mini Maintenance Kit is the perfect, economical solution for the Dosatron user and grower who performs maintenance on a regular schedule,” says Dosatron’s Vice President of Horticulture, Lela Kelly. The kits include wear parts, Dosa-Klean and a new product, Dosa-Lube, and were created for the 11-, 14-, 20-, 40- and 100-gallon-per-minute injectors. Soaking injector parts in Dosa-Klean for 24 to 48 hours cleans rust, mineral deposits and calcifications without scrubbing. Dosa-Lube, a convenient sized packet of silicone, is designed to easily lubricate your static seals and o-rings while you are changing the wear parts. The new Mini Maintenance Kits can be used as often as necessary and ensures that your Dosatron injects accurately and runs smoothly. To learn more about the Mini Maintenance Kits or to find your local distributor contact Dosatron International Customer Service at […]

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November 26, 2012

Focus On Dahlia Fertilizer

Dahlias can be grown from seed, plugs, liners or tubers. The newest dwarf varieties have brought intense color and appeal to our customers, which makes this crop a staple value-added selection for the early spring holidays. Fertility Early On In propagation, dahlias prefer to be kept in evenly moist media at a pH below 6 (5.5 to 5.8). Before the signs of first leaves, begin to fertilize with calcium-based formulas, like 15-0-15 or 13-2-13 at 75 ppm. The calcium in these formulas is associated with nitrogen as NO3, which is easily taken up by newly forming root systems. After seven to 10 days, increase your fertilizer rate to 100 to 150 ppm using the same formula for another seven to 10 days. After these initial two weeks, you can use the same formula selection or incorporate a more potentially acidic fertilizer like 21-5-20 as an alternative to keep the pH […]

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November 14, 2012

Focus On Fertility: Osteospermum

Osteospermum is a tender perennial, now classified outside of the dimorphotheca genus. In the more temperate climates, it can overwinter. However, when exposed to reoccurring frost or true freezing temperature, it will act as an annual. To homeowners, it goes by the common name of daisy or African daisy due to its flowers, which can vary in shape from small, large and spoon-like patterns. Producing this crop in a greenhouse can be done in many different container sizes to accommodate small-space containers, hanging baskets and also larger landscape plantings. Fertility requirements, however, remain the same. A Strong Root System At the youngest stage, hybrid osteospermum can best take up nutrients in the media when kept in an evenly moist environment at a pH between 5.8 and 6.5. Osteospermum have longer stems and need to support a large flower, so establishing a strong and healthy root system is key. Begin by […]

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September 10, 2012

Scotts Miracle-Gro Company Fined $12.5 Million

In an Ohio federal court hearing on Sept. 7, 2012, Scotts Miracle-Gro Company agreed to pay $12.5 million in fines and penalties for violating federal pesticide laws, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Philly.com reports. Of the fines, Scotts will pay $4 million and perform community service acts for eleven violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). This act covers the sale, distribution and manufacturing of pesticides, and the fine is the largest criminal penalty to date under FIFRA. An additional $500,000 will be contributed to organizations such as Ohio Audubon’s Important Bird Area Program, Cornell University Ornithology Laboratory and The Nature Conservancy of Ohio that work to protect bird habitat. Although sentenced on Sept. 7, the fertilizer company pled guilty to “illegally applying insecticides to its wild bird food products that are toxic to birds, falsifying pesticide registration documents, distributing pesticides with misleading and unapproved labels and distributing unregistered […]

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