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The Glyphosate Debate

September 14, 2018

If you’ve been watching the news as of late, you probably heard about a record lawsuit in California.  A state court recently ordered Monsanto to pay $289 million in damages to a groundskeeper who developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (a form of cancer).  In the landmark case, the plaintiff argued that decades of exposure to RoundUp™ (the trade name for Monsanto’s glyphosate chemistry) led to his medical condition... Since there are multiple opinions on the topic, we decided to only provide the facts. This way you can decide whether you think it’s safe after we reveal the details in this Glyphosate Debate.

Solubility – The Key to Plant Nutrition

September 14, 2018

One of the most important concepts in fertilizer chemistry and plant nutrition is “solubility.”  In the plant sciences, solubility is defined as how readily nutrients are dissolved in water and can be taken up by plants.  There are many factors that can affect the solubility of a nutrient, including but not limited to chemical structure, ion charge, temperature, and pressure.  pH can also have a profound impact on the solubility of nutrients; this is because different types of nutrients in a solution/soil colloid will tend to attract or repel each other based on their chemical properties.  Sometimes it is beneficial to fertilize plants with highly soluble nutrients; sometimes it’s detrimental.  In this feature, well examine the topic of solubility in greater detail so that you have a better grasp as to how the nutrients you choose to fertilizer with will 1.) react with the environment and 2.) affect plant health...