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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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Naples Florida bans lawn fertilizer during rainy season.

When fertilizer carried by rain runoff into canals and streams seems to be feeding red tide and toxic algae, the solution seems simple.   Ban the fertilizers carried by the rain.  In other words, don’t put fertilizers containing nitrogen and phosphorous on the ground during Florida’s highly predictable rainy season.   But simple doesn’t always equate to correct,…

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Automation of Hydroponics

Hydroponic business costs are mainly related to labor and mechanizing processes is one reduce input costs. Additional benefits of automation include increased productivity, expedition of processes and higher crop turnover/harvest.  See Article Link for additional steps to improving efficiencies. At xVirity, we produce xVital, an innovative and natural nitrate fertilizer that combines nitrogen with ionized water for…

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