Why So Salty?

Traditional, solid fertilizers contain high concentrations of salt – not table salt which may first come to mind but solid materials such as ammonium nitrate and potassium nitrate. The purpose of including these materials is to gain access to nitrogen in the form of nitrate, which is crucial to plant growth and development. However, excess…

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Hydroponics: A Growing Future

Rather than growing plants in soil, plants can now be grown such that their roots come in direct contact with a water-based, nutrient-rich solution. This method is termed hydroponics, and can both increase plant growth rate while simultaneously reducing environmental damage. Because plant roots are directly exposed to nutrient containing solutions, they do not have…

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Minnesota Fertilizer Rule Set for Approval

Minnesota is poised to regulate commercial nitrogen fertilizer for the first time ever next year. After over two years of debate, revisions, and political struggle, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) nitrogen fertilizer rule is on track to be approved this May and take effect on January 1, 2020. “Clean, safe, reliable water in our…

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