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SA, Argentina sign agriculture pact

first_img7 June 2013 South Africa has signed an agriculture agreement with Argentina, extending the country’s programme of opening up markets with non-traditional trading partners. Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson signed a statement of intent with her Argentine counterpart, Norberto Yauhar, in Pretoria on Thursday. The agreement aims to strengthen agricultural development and cooperation between the two countries at technical, operational and policy levels. Speaking through a translator, Yauhar said the agreement would enhance South-South cooperation, particularly in improving agricultural production efficiencies, sharing technologies, and facilitating trade in agricultural products. Yauhar invitated Joemat-Pettersson to visit Argentina to study the country’s agricultural models first-hand. The second-largest country in both South America and Latin America, Argentina shares South Africa’s interest in developing small-scale farmers, as well as in promoting “no till” technologies and bio-safety. Joemat-Pettersson expressed South Africa’s appreciation for Argentina’s assistance in preparing for the Food and Agriculture Organisation’s 14th World Forestry Congress, to be hosted in Durban in 2015. Argentina has participated in a number of events in South Africa, showcasing agricultural capital goods produced by medium-sized companies. Argentinian products have been exhibited at South Africa’s Nampo Harvest Day every year since 2008, and there has been extensive collaboration in the experimental field of “no till” technologies since 2007. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Heavy rain doesn’t have to mean money down the drain

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers of all types face challenges everyday as they work hard to get higher yields and greater profits. Inputs throughout the growing season can help with reaching those goals, but only if those inputs are utilized to their full potential.Heavy rains in Ohio during the spring and early summer may have washed away some key nutrients and with them went top-end yield and profits.“Just traveling up and down the road I’ll see corn that’s definitely been nitrogen deficient sometime in its growth stage early on in the growing season,” said Brett Barton, Sales Manager in Ohio for AgXplore. “I wish that more farmers would protect their nitrogen. For the price of that input and adding a small cost to keep them where they are needed would’ve added a lot of bushels.”A nitrogen stabilizer, like N-Zone from AgXplore, is one solution.“We see two to seven bushels better across the board by using N-Zone and the cost is minimal,” Barton said. “Usually for less than a bushel to a bushel and a half of corn you have your expenses paid for this product, so we are seeing a constant return on investment.”N-Zone is a calcium copolymer product that is designed as a nitrogen management aid. It increases nitrogen availability and uptake, reduces nitrogen loss and manages nitrogen during key growth stages.“Being a calcium copolymer it helps keep moisture in the root zone and it binds the nitrogen to a soil colloid so it doesn’t escape through tile lines after heavy rains like we saw in the spring,” Barton said. “That is where I have seen a lot of benefit with our products. Growers that have used any of our N-Zone products are happy and they can’t believe for how wet as we were their crops look as good as they do.”N-Zone Max is formulated to be mixed with 28% or 32% or can be impregnated with dry urea. ContaiN is an NBPT (N-Butyl thiophosphoric triamide) with some N-Zone Max mixed in for above and below ground control. So it does the same thing that N-Zone does but it also has 3 modes of action for farmers that are top dressing wheat or dribbling some nitrogen on using Y-Drops. The third N-Zone product is GL, which is added to anhydrous ammonia.“Although we have seen more rain than we need, this year has been advantageous for showing what our products are capable of,” Barton said. “N-Zone keeps the nitrogen from volatizing and leaching so the plant can keep going even when it has wet feet. Producers that have used N-Zone this year would swear by it and will never go back to not using one of the nitrogen products that we offer.”last_img read more

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