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The year ahead: expect turbulence

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We look ahead at fertilizer industry prospects for the next 12 months, including supply and demand growth, and explore the key agricultural, macroeconomic and geopolitical drivers likely to shape the market during 2019.

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Prospects for the world fertilizer market over the next five years remain relatively modest. Expectations of robust demand growth in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa are likely to be tempered by the impacts of market contraction in China and fertilizer subsidy reforms in India. In global agriculture, the prices of many agricultural commodities are also projected to grow slowly over the medium-term. Keywords: 2019, Market , Outlook, Demand, Drivers, Trade, Supply, Sales, El Niño, Biofuels, Farm , Farmers, Economics, Rabobank, FAO, World Bank, International Fertilizer Association, IFA, Cereals, Oilseeds, Coffee, Wheat, Sugar, Palm, Oil, Soy, Soybean, Sunflower, Crops, Crop prices, Fertilizers, Nutrients, Prices, Affordability, Ammonia, Urea, Potash, Phosphate, India, China, US, Brazil, Australia, Pakistan, Turkey

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Feeding with foliar fertilizers

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Foliar fertilization offers a number of specific advantages over soil application. The range of tailor-made fertigation products on the market is expanding to meet growing agricultural demand.

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Foliar fertilization supplies plants with nutrients by directly applying a liquid fertilizer to their leaves. Plant leaves are able to absorb nutrients through their outer layer (cuticle/epidermis) and microscopic pores in their surface (stomata) (Figure 1). Although stomata offer a rapid pathway for nutrient take-up, absorption through the epidermis can be just as significant1. Keywords: Foliar, Fertilization, Fertilisation, Nutrients, Leaf, Leaves, Products, Fertilizers, Sprays, Feeding, Cotton, Soybean, Produquímica, Compass Minerals, Compo Expert, ICL, Omex, Tessenderlo, Kerley, Haifa, Products

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Green ammonia technology

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The shift to 'green' ammonia production will be integral to the transition to a low-carbon economy. We report on the carbon-free ammonia technologies being developed by Casale, JGC, Proton Ventures, thyssenkrupp, Topsoe and others.

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Carbon-free ammonia production took centre stage last year. In November, trade association Fertilizers Europe launched ‘Feeding Life 2030’, its new long-term strategy for the European fertilizer industry. This set out a vision for Europe in which around 10 percent of ammonia production by 2030 will come from hydrogen generated by water electrolysis. Keywords: Production, Technology, Green, Ammonia, Hydrogen, Low carbon, Carbon free, Process, Steam methane reforming, SMR, OCP, Frauhofer institute , Casale, JGC, Proton Ventures, Thyssenkrupp, tkIS, Haldor, Topsoe, Renewable, Energy, Power, Electricity, Wind, Solar, Grid, Storage, Alkaline, Water, Electrolysis, AWE, AEM, SOEC, NFUEL, A60, A600, Fuel, Cells, Economics, Cost, Costs

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Bedeschi: innovative equipment and skilled project management

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Venice-headquartered Bedeschi has a long track record as a global leader in the bulk handling of fertilizers and chemicals. The company recently delivered a successful shiploader project for Borealis in Rouen, France.

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Environmental protection and conservation has become a paramount concern for many industries globally. Shipping is no exception. Nowadays, pollution prevention is a primary objective for ports worldwide. This is especially true when it comes to the import/export of dry bulk cargoes such as fertilizers. Keywords: Dry, Bulk handling, Project, Bedeschi, Shiploader, Shiploaders, Equipment, Automation, Ports, Ships, Borealis, Rouen, France, Fertilizers, Calcium ammonium nitrate, CAN

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Salitre project profile

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Brazil is facing a growing phosphate supply deficit, spurred by rising demand from soybean farmers. Yara Brazil's Salitre project in Minas Gerais is leading the charge to fill this deficit by producing 1.5 million tonnes of finished phosphate fertilizers annually.

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Brazil consumes more than 16 million tonnes of nutrients each year. This makes the country the world’s fourth largest fertilizer market, ranked behind China, India and the US. The country currently accounts for an impressive nine percent of global fertilizer consumption. Keywords: Phosphate, Projects, Project, Greenfield, Serra do, Salitre, Paulínia, São Paulo, Yara, Galvani, Vale, Brazil, Minas Gerais, Cubatão, Rio Grande, Phosphate, Phosphates, Rock, Single superphosphate, SSP, Fertilizers, Integrated, Finished, Production, Mining, Imports, Investments, Acquisitions

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Alternative potash options

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We assess the expanding market for potassium-containing alternatives to potassium chloride (MOP). A wide range of alternative potash product options are available and marketed globally, including SOP, KNO3, SOPM, MKP and polyhalite.

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Potassium chloride (KCl, muriate of potash, MOP) has a number of well-known natural advantages as a fertilizer. It is widely available, relatively low-cost and readily soluble in water. Equally importantly, it has the highest potassium content (60-62% K2O) of any of the mineral forms of potash. Keywords: Potash, Products, Potassium, Low, Chloride, Free, Sulphate, Nitrate, Magnesium, Calcium, Sulphur, Phosphate, Monopotassium, MOP, Muriate of potash, SOP, Sulphate of Potash, SOPM, Polyhalite, MKP Polysulphate, PKpluS, PotashpluS, POLY4, K-Mag, Trio, Nova , Peak, PeKacid, Hortipray, YaraTera, Krista, Multi-K, KALISOP, Protassium+, GranuPotasse, SoluPotasse, K-Leaf, Prayon, Intrepid, Mosaic, Sirius Minerals, Migao Corporation, Luobupo, K+S, SQM, Tessenderlo, ICL, Haifa, Yara, Kemapco,

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