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Where Sulfur Fits in Corn, Soybeans

(Farm Progress) - Matt Clover started a discussion about sulfur for corn with a simple question. The soil fertility specialist with Pioneer asked a virtual audience to answer “true” or “false”: Sulfur is just as important as nitrogen for normal crop development.

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Bruks Siwertell to deliver shipunloader to fertilizer company
 

(Dry Bulk Magazine) - Bruks Siwertell has won a contract to deliver a second Siwertell screw-type shipunloader to leading Indian fertilizer company, Paradeep Phosphates Ltd (PPL), operating at the port of Paradeep, in Odisha, India.

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Ineos completes sale of sulphur chemicals business
 

(Chemical Engineering) - Ineos Enterprises (London, U.K.) has announced completion of the sale of its Sulphur Chemicals business to International Chemical Investors Group.

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Lanxess' lubricants additives business expands production capacity in Mannheim
 

(Chemical Engineering) - The Lubricants Additives Business of Lanxess AG (Cologne, Germany) is expanding its production capacity for light-color sulfur carriers at its Mannheim site by several thousand tons.

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How to sell 'Carbon Neutral' fossil fuel that doesn't exist
 

(Bloomberg) - Energy companies are starting to pitch the idea that planet-warming natural gas can be erased by paying villagers to protect forests. Experts can’t make the math work.

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New type of EV battery extends range with over 120 miles on a single charge
 

(Auto Evolution) - We’re clearly transitioning towards electric vehicles, as a more sustainable means of transportation. And while this is indeed good news, the process of switching to greener vehicles isn’t going as fast as needed.

 
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Yara sells Salitre phosphate mining project to EuroChem

(World Fertilizer) - Yara has signed a Share Purchase Agreement with EuroChem to sell its Serra do Salitre phosphate mining project in Brazil for a cash consideration of US$410 million.

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Squeezing more yield out of the crop
 

(Agriculture) - XtremeAg’s Kelly Garrett, Matt Miles, and Kevin Matthews are down to the wire as they do what they can to squeeze every bit of yield out of their crop to take advantage of higher prices.

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Near-record high fertilizer prices projected for 2022
 

(BrownField AG News) - Fertilizer prices are expected to approach record high levels in 2022, bringing cost to the farmer up with them.

 
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Supply chain industry groups support Congress's progress on infrastructure bills
 

(Jioforme) - Today, industry groups in the manufacturing, transportation, and retail sectors supported the news that the bipartisan infrastructure bill was drawing attention in Congress and further debating in the House and Senate.

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Fitch Ratings: EU's 'Fit for 55' climate plan to fuel long-term costs of fertilizer producers
 

(World Fertilizer) - The EU’s new ‘Fit for 55’ climate plan will increase carbon costs and CAPEX for European metals and fertilizer producers and for those exporting to the EU, according to Fitch Ratings.

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Trigg Mining releases maiden indicated resource for Lake Throssel
 

(World Fertilizer) - Trigg Mining has released the estimation of a maiden indicated mineral resource for its Lake Throssell sulfate of potash (SOP) project near Laverton in Western Australia.

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How the earth's rotation helped the earliest forms of life to diversify
 

(Action News Now) - Earth hasn't always experienced the 24-hour day we're so familiar with now. In fact, the way the world turns not only determines the length of our day, but it could have contributed to an influx of oxygen on early Earth that helped life to flourish, according to new research.

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River Rhine water levels recede as some parts to reopen to barge traffic

(ICIS) - Water levels on the River Rhine continue a slow return to normality and more than 25km of a prior closure could reopen to barge shipping later in the day, the German federal waterways authority WSV said to ICIS on Wednesday.

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Shipping leaders set to reunite in person at IMO for LISW21 Headline Conference

(Hellenic Shipping News) - Shipping industry movers and shakers are set to reunite in person to explore the fundamental role that the ESG agenda has in shaping the future of the global shipping industry as London International Shipping Week 2021 (LISW21) confirms its Headline Conference will go ahead in the prestigious headquarters of the International Maritime Organization on Wednesday September 15.

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Updating nitrogen and sulphur fertiliser recommendations for spring barley

(AHDB.org) - This project aimed to improve nitrogen (N) and sulphur (S) fertiliser management guidelines for modern spring barley varieties. The work was conducted to help farmers achieve grain N% targets and high (economically optimal) yields more reliably.

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OCP Group becomes member of European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform

(World Fertilizer) - OCP Group has become a member of the European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform (ESPP) for the promotion of sustainable phosphorus management. OCP will exchange knowledge and best practices with the ESPP's 40+ members and wide network of scientists and companies, who span the entire value chain of phosphate and phosphorus.

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Limetree closing permanently due to 'Financial Constraints'

(The St. Thomas Source) - Limetree Bay Refinery’s parent company Limetree Bay Energy announced Monday it is “suspending its plans to restart the refinery indefinitely, due to severe financial constraints.” It initially shut down temporarily pursuant to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency order in the wake of several polluting incidents, including a large accidental flare that sprayed oil over some 137 homes in May.

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Reducing the melting of the Greenland ice cap using solar geoengineering?

(Eurek Alert) - Injecting sulphur into the stratosphere to reduce solar radiation and stop the Greenland ice cap from melting. An interesting scenario, but not without risks. Climatologists from the University of Liège have looked into the matter and have tested one of the scenarios put forward using the MAR climate model developed at the University of Liège. The results are mixed and have been published in the journal The Cryosphere.

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ADNOC awards $510 mil contract to Saipem to expand Shah sour gas plant capacity

(SP Global) -Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. has awarded a $510 million contract to Italy's Saipem to expand the capacity of Shah sour gas plant as the UAE's biggest energy producer seeks gas self-sufficiency. ADNOC Sour Gas, a joint venture between the oil company and US energy major Occidental, awarded the engineering, procurement and construction contract for the expansion of the Shah gas field, which will be completed in 2023, ADNOC said in a statement June 15.

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BP says Gulf of Mexico platforms resumed operations after storm Ida

(Reuters) - BP on Wednesday said all four of its offshore facilities in the Gulf of Mexico have resumed operations, having been brought back online and producing as of Sept. 12 post Hurricane Ida.

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Shell to launch Singapore's first fully-electric ferry service

(Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) has ordered at least three electric ferries in Singapore to replace the diesel boats it uses to transport employees and visitors between mainland Singapore and its oil refining and chemicals plant on Bukom island, it said.

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ExxonMobil renewable diesel process technology to enable high yields from bio-feedstocks

(Hydrocarbon Processing) - ExxonMobil Catalysts and Licensing LLC (“ExxonMobil”) has introduced ExxonMobil Renewable Diesel process technology (“EMRD”) to help meet the evolving needs for mobility, while utilizing renewable feedstock.

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Chevron, Gevo join hands to invest in sustainable aviation fuel

(Reuters) - U.S oil major Chevron Corp and renewable energy firm Gevo Inc will jointly invest in building and operating one or more facilities that would process corn to produce sustainable aviation fuel, the companies said on Thursday.

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BP, Macquarie study green hydrogen hub concept in Western Australia

(Reuters) - BP Plc (BP.L) said on Tuesday it was conducting a joint feasibility study with Australian lender Macquarie Group (MQG.AX) to produce green hydrogen at the oil giant's former refinery site near Perth in Western Australia.

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CSX Acquisition of Pan Am: Improved New England Rail Service Makes It Commendable

(Railway Age) - CSX has recently proposed to acquire Pan Am Railways. Although, as I explain below, I am usually critical of mergers, I believe this merger will substantially enhance the rail network in New England by bringing the region more directly into the national railroad network.

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Activist Hedge Fund Grabs Two Seats On Exxon Mobil's Board Of Directors

(Texas Standard) - It’s another example of Big Oil being pushed toward renewable energy. But achieving net-zero carbon emission goals will still be a big challenge. Texas-based oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp. saw a major shakeup in the boardroom last week, with a new activist investor group called Engine No. 1 grabbing two spots on the company’s board of directors. The hedge fund has been targeting Exxon since December with its “Reenergize Exxon” campaign, pushing the company to rethink its business strategy in a time when green energy and climate activism is becoming increasingly mainstream.

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Shell to Let Shareholders Vote on Shift to Cleaner Energy

(WSJ) - LONDON-- Royal Dutch Shell PLC detailed a first-of-a-kind shareholder vote over its pivot away from oil, asking investors to endorse its energy transition strategy in a nonbinding vote next month.

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Rio Tinto achieves battery grade lithium production at Boron plant

(Investing News) - Rio Tinto has commenced production of battery-grade lithium from waste rock at a lithium demonstration plant at the Boron mine site in California, United States. The demonstration plant is the next step in scaling up a breakthrough lithium production process developed at Boron, to recover the critical mineral and extract additional value out of waste piles from over 90 years of mining at the operation.

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Mosaic, AgBiome collaborate to develop biological plant nutrition products

(Agriculture.com) - Ag input suppliers are betting big on microbial solutions for plant nutrition, and the Mosaic Company is one of the latest to enter the fray.
Last week, Mosaic – a producer and seller of phosphate and potash crop nutrients – entered into a strategic collaboration with AgBiome, a company with one of the world’s largest collections of diverse microbial communities. The goal is to discover, develop, and launch biological solutions to enhance soil fertility, the companies said in a press release.

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