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Ladies Day
In recent years NMI has teamed up with several new, highly innovative start-up companies to support agriculture, both in the Netherlands and abroad. We like this orientation very much. As an organisation, NMI goes back around 80 years and is sometimes tenderly framed as an old lady. But in the long history of NMI, to our knowledge there has never been any attention specifically directed at women farmers. Which is kind of odd, given both the number and importance of women at farms. For instance, many women farmers were motivated for mineral bookkeeping as from the introduction in the early ‘90s, even though this implied they would have this tedious administrative task on their plate.

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New Manual NUTRIENT SOLUTIONS FOR GREENHOUSE CROPS available

The companies Yara, SQM, AkzoNobel, Eurofins Agro, NMI and Geerten van der Lugt have jointly published the manual 'Nutrient Solutions for greenhouse crops'. This manual describes how nutrient solutions in Horticulture should be used and contains a diversity of nutrient solutions for various crops.
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Selenium fertilization for bio-fortification of food: an agro-eco system approach

The global importance of selenium (Se) deficiency to human and animal health has been recognized for decades, but strategic Se fertilization interventions were lacking. Our meta-analysis approach based on 243 experiments performed during 1960 to 2014 confirms the high impact of Se-fertilization as an effective agronomic bio-fortification strategy. Fertilizer formulation, dose and timing affect crop Se uptake, with highest uptake efficiencies for foliar and selenate based fertilizers. Minor influence of soil organic matter, total soil Se levels and acidity suggests that other agroecosystem​ properties like climate and bioavailable Se should be considered to optimize Se-fertilization. Tailor-made strategies are essential to combat the current low recoveries and the scarce resource availability.

 

The final publication is available at Springer