The topics featured in Specialty Fertilizer Global Summit deliver expert perspective you need to manage your business in challenging times:

  • Thursday, December 13, 2018
    8:00 AM  -  8:45 AM
    Networking Breakfast
    Join your peers and colleagues from across the specialty fertilizer complex for a great start to a day of valuable insight.
    8:50 AM  -  9:30 AM
    Global Market Outlook for Slow/Controlled-Release Fertilizers

    With lots of new products hitting the fields, the market for slow and controlled-release fertilizers is expanding. But with lots of brand names and unique formulations, knowing how and where these specialized products are gaining attention is a challenge for everyone in the industry.

    In this session we'll hear from a Consultant who has developed unique insight into this complex product array. Join us to learn of the key market drivers and inhibitors across major global regions and hear of the end-use applications that are creating demand.

    You'll also leave this session with an understanding of the market trends in major global regions.

    9:30 AM  -  10:10 AM
    Trends in Specialty Product Development

    As a contract manufacturer in specialty fertilizers (amongst other products), Hocking International Laboratories has unique perspective of the trends in value-added product development. The experience ranges from R&D through manufacturing, QC, and packaging.

    In this session, we’ll hear from Hocking’s Director of R&D and Formulation Services as he shares insight on the recent trends in nutrient management technology for N and P, biologicals/microbes, biostimulants and genetic modification.

    Not only interesting, this session introduces product ideas you may not have thought existed.

    10:10 AM  -  10:40 AM
    National Trends in Specialty Fertilizers

    As fertilizers evolve to meet the needs of growers, the use of novel ingredients continues to expand.

    In this session, you'll learn from the unique perspective of fertilizer as viewed from inspections performed across more than a dozen States.

    The discussion will cover some emerging inputs now being utilized with, or in place of, fertilizers to make formulations you've not heard of before now.

    10:40 AM  -  11:05 AM
    Morning Networking Break
    11:05 AM  -  11:35 AM
    Micronutrient Market Update with Insights on Boron and Copper

    The presentation will highlight soil test data indicators of known soil deficiencies of boron and copper in North America along with a review of broad acre crops with known sensitivities to deficiencies.

    This information will be used to provide insights into market determination. A brief review of product categories including naturally occurring elements, oxides, sulfates, chelates and combinations thereof that have been offered in the market will provide insights into potential market saturation.

    11:35 AM  -  12:05 PM
    SOP Market Update and Price Forecasts

    While perhaps not as exotic as other multi-nutrient fertilizers, sulfate of potash is an essential product in many formulations. Its global use totals over 8mmt per year and growing at a steady rate.

    In this session, we'll take a close look at the current global supply and demand balance, examine the performance of SOP producers, and see what the future holds for this versatile fertilizer.

    Along the way, we'll examine current index price levels and discuss where they might be headed based on capacity utilization and demand levels.

    12:05 PM  -  12:35 PM
    HPTA Testing Methodology and Humic Market Outlook

    As you may have heard... after eight years of research and persistence the Humic Products Trade Association succeeded in establishing an international standard for the analysis of humic acids and hydrophobic fulvic acids in commercial products. This is a big deal!

    But what exactly are the standards? What is the methodology behind the analysis?

    In this session, you'll join the President of the HPTA as he clarifies these new standards that will likely help shape the future of this critical product category. You'll also hear his take on how the market looks right now and what the future holds.

    12:35 PM  -  1:50 PM
    Networking Luncheon
    1:50 PM  -  2:30 PM
    Integrating Value-Added Products Into Fertilizer Blending Systems

    The decision to bring a value-added fertilizer to market starts with an idea supported by solid science and a business model. But these great ideas require the right manufacturing systems to productize the end result.

    This session features a leading blending and conveyance equipment manufacturer. In it, we'll learn of the latest fertilizer blending systems and how they impact the effective integration of liquid products onto a single nutrient.

    Join in to get current thinking on: the optimal coating of blends utilizing a variety of mixing systems; how to integrate powder in value-added products; and the importance of automation in fertilizer blending systems.

    2:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Organic Crop Inputs for Increased Nutrient Absorption

    It’s costly when fertilizer is lost before the plant and soil have been able to absorb the nutrients. GroGenesis has developed a surfactant uptake enhancer that enables plants and soil to more efficiently deliver the added nutrients incorporated in fertilizers.

    In this session, you’ll learn how this plant-based extract facilitates the rapid nutrient transport at the cellular level, resulting in improved photosynthesis and increased absorption of fertilizers, water, and any other applied input. The results include input cost savings, enhanced drought tolerance and increased crop yields.

    Don’t miss this session on an advanced product that promotes plant health and fertilizer efficiency.

    3:00 PM  -  3:40 PM
    The Latest Thinking On Biostimulant Markets

    Operating in more than 70 countries worldwide, with four sites (including a new one in Indiana), Italpollina offers a wide range of organic fertilizers, biostimulants of vegetal origin, and beneficial microbials.

    In this session, informed by almost 50 years of production, you'll get the latest thinking on the use of biostimulants in conventional agriculture. Join us to find out which product categories are getting the most traction and which agricultural markets are advancing more quickly than others.

    If you operate in or alongside the biostimulants segment, this is a session you will not want to miss.

    3:40 PM  -  4:05 PM
    Afternoon Networking Break
    4:05 PM  -  4:35 PM
    Developing Bioferts That Are More Effective With Synthetics

    The efficacy of bio-fertilizers is well known and there are many product options to choose from. But making biological products easier to use, more farm-friendly, efficient and affordable has been a challenge.

    In this session you'll hear the latest thinking on approaches that combine biologicals and synthetic products. You'll get details on a novel delivery system that involves "on-site" growth of microbes for just-in-time delivery.

    Wrapping everything up, we'll go through a case study detailing the application of microbial bio-fertilizer using in-furrow delivery with starter fertilizer.

    4:35 PM  -  5:15 PM
    A New Category of Crop Inputs to Enhance Plant Productivity

    Modern crop yields fall short of their potential, often because of environmental factors: water limitation, nutrient availability, heat, cold, and the limits of plant physiology.

    Sound Agriculture develops small molecule chemistry that helps growers reduce reliance on water and fertilizer while increasing productivity. This new discovery platform uses synthetic biology, high throughput screening, and data analytics to identify new crop inputs that overcome the production barriers.

    In this session you'll hear how fundamental discoveries in plant and microbial science has led to technology that enables significant reductions in nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizer application rates while maintaining productive crops.

    5:15 PM  -  5:55 PM
    R&D Efforts Using Nano-Biotechnology to Improve Uptake

    The use efficiency of nitrogen fertilizer by crops ranges from 30-50% due to loss of nutrients into water sources, atmosphere and sequestration into soil organic matter.

    Advanced commercial fertilizer products involve the controlled release of fertilizer (CRF) nutrients that are sensitive to soil moisture content and temperature; however, they have not been able to increase nitrogen USE efficiency substantially.

    This session looks at current R&D efforts using nano-biotechnology for developing “smart” fertilizers. From this discussion you’ll understand a new model for fertilizer delivery and uptake, one that’s based on interpretation of the interactions between roots and soil microorganisms.

    You’ll see how this effective synchronization process enhances N use efficiency by crops resulting in economic savings to producers and prevention of environmental contamination from excess nutrients.

    How in the world might we read the signals between roots and soil? Join us to find out!

    5:55 PM  -  7:00 PM
    Networking Cocktail Reception
    Green Markets is pleased to invite you to stay post-event for an always highly-rated post-event reception. It's a great opportunity to make new connections from across the specialty fertilizer complex.