IPI International Potash Institute
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New Publications: e-ifc No. 14, December 2007

New Publications

Balanced Fertilization for Sustaining Crop Productivity

Balanced Fertilization for Sustaining Crop Productivity, proceedings of the IPIPAU International Symposium, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India, 22-25 November 2006. Volume I: Invited papers, 559 p., Volume II: Extended abstracts of poster sessions, 30 p. Edited by Benbi, D.K., Brar, M.S., and S.K. Bansal. ISBN 978-3-9523243-2-5. International Potash Institute, Horgen, Switzerland.

The international symposium was jointly organized by the International Potash Institute (IPI) and the Punjab Agriculture University (PAU) with co-sponsorship by the India Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Fertilizer Association of India (FAI), Bangladesh Fertilizer Association (BFA) and the National Fertilizer Secretariat of Sri Lanka (NFS). The proceedings contain 32 papers from Bangladesh, Canada, China, Germany, India, Israel, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Turkey, US and more, and present the state of the art on balanced fertilization in field crops, vegetables, fruit crops and plantations with relation to soil, crop and sustainability of the production system. Volume II of the proceedings contains the extended summaries of a total of 196 papers presented as posters during the symposium. The papers were grouped into the following 13 sections: Potassium in soils and fertilizers, Modern balanced fertilization techniques, Nutrient management in long-term fertilizer experiments, Nutrient management in diverse cropping systems, Nutrient management in cereals, in oil seeds and pulses, in fibre crops, in plantation crops, in sugarcane, in fruits, in vegetable flower and medicinal crops, in forage crops and tobacco, and finally the outreach activities. To order a copy, please contact Dr. S.K. Bansal, Director, PRII or Dr. M.S. Brar, Senior Soil Chemist, PAU. For further information see the IPI website

Nitrogen Facts in Brief

Nitrogen Facts in Brief. A new leaflet in Arabic by M. Rusan, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid. 23 p., 2007. The booklet describes the basic features of nitrogen fertilization and fertilizers. It is intended for use by farmers, extension officers and fertilizer dealers in the Arab region. The booklet is printed jointly with the Arab Fertilizer Association (AFA), Cairo, Egypt. Copies available at IPI Head Office and at AFA, Cairo, Egypt. For copies contact AFA or IPI Coordinator WANA region Mr. M. Marchand

IPI website

The importance of potassium for nutrient supply of onion (in Hungarian)

The importance of potassium for nutrient supply of onion (A kálium jelentősége a vöröshagyma tápanyagellátásában, in Hungarian), 8p., 2007. By A. Barnóczki, Onion Research Institute in Makó and Z. Némethy, Corvinus University, Budapest. For copies contact Dr. T. Popp, IPI Coordinator Central Europe or download from the IPI website.

Coconut: For better yield: Chemical fertilizer

Coconut: For better yield: Chemical fertilizer. A poster in English and Sinhala. Dr. V. Nosov, IPI Coordinator east India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. 2007. This poster summarizes three years of demonstrations to farmers of the benefits of potash application in coconut trees. The posters can be downloaded from the IPI website in English and Sinhala.

An update of 'K Gallery'

An update of 'K Gallery'. 10- 2007. The 'K Gallery' is a 52 slide show presenting the effects of potash fertilization in maize, rice, wheat, soybean, sugarcane, potato and many other crops. All photos are from IPI experiments in the fields, and it is constantly updated as fresh photos arrive. This presentation is for researchers, extension officer, dealers and of course farmers. Have you got a good photo describing its effect on a specific crop? We will add it to this presentation with full acknowledgment.

The presentation is available as PPS and PDF files with high and low resolution on the IPI website.

Proceedings of IFA workshop on "Fertilizer Best Management Practices-General Principles, Strategy for their Adoption and Voluntary Initiatives vs. Regulations"

Proceedings of IFA workshop on "Fertilizer Best Management Practices-General Principles, Strategy for their Adoption and Voluntary Initiatives vs. Regulations", 259 p., 2007, ISBN 2-9523139-2-X. Edited by Krauss, A., Isherwood, K., and P. Heffer. The papers in this proceedings were presented at the IFA International Workshop on Fertilizer Best Management Practices 7-9 March 2007, Brussels, Belgium. IFA decided in 2006 to launch an initiative on fertilizer best management practices (FBMPs). The proceedings include papers covering (i) the definition of the general principles of FBMPs and the strategy for their wider adoption; (ii) defining the role of the fertilizer industry in developing and promoting FBMPs and listing priority areas for action; (iii) exchanging information on experiences; (iv) reviewing achievements and identifying gaps; and (v) understanding the actors and identifying the key partners. In addition to the proceedings, all the papers and slides presented at the workshop are available in PDF format on IFA's website.
For hard copies please email: IFA.

Proceedings of the Dahlia Greidinger symposium on "Advanced technologies for monitoring nutrient and water availability to plants"

Proceedings of the Dahlia Greidinger symposium on "Advanced technologies for monitoring nutrient and water availability to plants", 166p., 2007. Edited by Neumann, P.M., Technion, Haifa, Israel. This volume presents eight chapters describing invited lectures given at the symposium and gives an idea of the diverse and interesting subject matter which was discussed. The first four chapters review new detection-technologies for laboratory and field monitoring of nutrient levels and other parameters, in plant and soil matrices. Chapter five introduces a novel approach to the integrative assessment of physical, biological, and chemical properties of soils, in order to facilitate better soil management. Chapters six, seven and eight review the application of spectral techniques for the remote assessment of vital crop and soil parameters in the field. Finally, chapter nine describes the development of a wireless valve network which will be capable of optimizing the controlled application of water, fertilizers, and agricultural chemicals through large-scale irrigation systems. The abstracts of other talks and contributed posters are also included.

For copies please contact Prof. emeritus Joseph Hagin.

Agriculture for Development. World Development Report (WDR) 2008

Agriculture for Development. World Development Report (WDR) 2008. 2007. Published by the World Bank, Washington, USA. 365p. ISBN 978-0-8213-6808-4.

The latest World Development Report calls for greater investment in agriculture in developing countries and warns that the sector must be placed at the center of the development agenda if the goals of halving extreme poverty and hunger by 2015 are to be realized. Titled "Agriculture for Development", the report says the agricultural and rural sectors have suffered from neglect and under investment over the past 20 years. While 75 percent of the world's poor live in rural areas, a mere 4 percent of official development assistance goes to agriculture in developing countries. In Sub-Saharan Africa, a region heavily reliant on agriculture for overall growth, public spending for farming is also only 4 percent of total government spending and the sector is still taxed at relatively high levels. The World Bank Group is advocating a new 'agriculture for development' agenda. According to the WDR, for the poorest people, GDP growth originating in agriculture is about four times more effective in reducing poverty than GDP growth originating outside the sector.

For more details see the World Bank website

Publications by the PDA

Potash Development AssociationNew publications from the Potash Development Association, UK.

See also www.pda.org.uk.

Note: Hard copies of PDA's publications are available only in the UK and Ireland.

Biosolids and the need for Potash. No. 20, update

Biosolids and the need for Potash. No. 20, update.
Biosolids (sewage sludge) provide valuable plant-available nutrients and have useful soil conditioning properties. They are subject to regulations which require that the application rates of specific heavy metals and their concentrations in soils are not exceeded, that disease risks to stock and humans are minimised and that applications should match the requirements of crops. Rates of applications are therefore important and so is the balance of nutrients. Water companies go beyond the regulations by agreement with stakeholders. Potential contaminants have been greatly reduced over the years by cooperation with industry, with their removal at source, and by legislation that has prevented the manufacture and sale of hazardous substances. Biosolids provide useful quantities of nitrogen and phosphate, but only modest amounts of potash and magnesium because these elements are quite soluble and are washed out in the treated water. Lime stabilised biosolids are a useful liming material.

See PDA website.

Nutrient contents of manures

Nutrient contents of manures.
This leaflet presents a detailed table on N, P and K content in various sources of manures and slurries and a table with recommendations of various manures in different soil types and conditions. Available from the PDA website.

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