Potash Mining News

Orocobre Limited: increased and upgraded resource at Olaroz Lithium-Potash Project

Orocobre Limited (TSX:ORL)(ASX:ORE) reports a substantially increased and upgraded resource estimate at its flagship Salar de Olaroz lithium-potash project in Jujuy province in north-west Argentina. This follows completion of a comprehensive resource definition drilling program undertaken throughout 2010.

Potash Supply

Cloth-dying and soap-making have employed residue from boiled plant material since ancient times. The plants are reduced to brine and that evaporated until only the useful “potash” remains.

Uralkali, Silvinit to mine 10.6 million tonnes of potash

Reuters reported that Russian potash miners Uralkali (URKA.MM) and Silvinit (SILV.MM) expect to produce a combined 10.6 million tonnes of potash this year, up from 10.3 million tonnes in 2010.

Japan quake fails to rattle potash

Potash Investing News reports on how the Japanese earthquake and tsunami have impacted the market for potash: While grain prices have been experiencing volatility in the aftermath of Japan’s earthquake, potash prices have yet to feel the effects.

Potash junior successfully raises $20m

TSX V-listed IC Potash, which has projects in New Mexico, said on Thursday it had successfully raised $20-million in a bought deal offering. The company will use the money to develop its Ochoa project

PotashCorp’s Allan mine in expansion mode

The increase in the demand for potash, along with higher prices, is fuelling an expansion of PotashCorp's Allan mine in Sasatchewan, The Star Phoenix reports. The $550 million expansion began in 2009 and is expected to push production at the site from two million to three million tonnes per year by 2012: “Over the last two decades the potash industry has been fairly stable, it had plateaued,” said Larry Long, general manager of the Allan mine. “Now with all the influx of orders for potash, the market has expanded quite a bit, countries all over the world are using our product at a higher rate, so we are in a position where we have to expand to meet the demand.

Follow the money: how to profit from copper's next wave

Investing in copper might be the simplest way to profit from the ongoing global urbanization.

Sirius Minerals planning huge potash mine in Yorkshire, UK

A giant mine on the coast of Yorkshire "will unearth billions" of pounds of potash, according to a report in The Scarborough Evening News: The newspaper said plans were unveiled last month when mineral rights […]

Potash inventories tighten in January

PotashCorp said on Tuesday that inventory in January was down 84,770 tonnes, about 24% below the previous five-year average. PotashCorp produces approximately 23% of the world's supply of potash. It is also a major producer of phosphate and nitrogen. Current spot prices puts potash at just under $400 a ton. Jay Taylor, editor of J. Taylor's Gold, Energy & Tech Stocks newsletter, says that major potash firms are trying to improve their positions, so they can benefit from a sector that is expected to grow.

Israel Chemicals to supply 500,000 tons of potash to China

ICL says a new potash contract further strengthens the Israeli company's presence in the growing Chinese market.

The potash sector and those climbing valuation premiums

Investors have been looking with interest at the potash sector ever since BHP Billiton's $38.6 billion overture for Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan. Even though that takeover battle ended in an outright rejection of the offer, […]

TSX top exchange for investors seeking exposure to record commodities prices

The record prices of copper and food items such as beef, record fuel prices in the UK and Europe, with new record prices in gold and silver right around the corner, investors are wondering how they can participate in the commodities super bull market now emerging.

Three Junior Potash Developers Are Sitting on Big Assets

The United Nations estimates that the world’s population will reach 7.7 billion by 2020 and 9.3 billion in 2050. Another UN estimate says that only 30 percent of the arable land used in the 1950s will be available in 2050.

BHP's Jansen potash project takes another step forward

Australian uber-miner BHP Billiton is moving ahead with its Jansen potash project.

No End in Sight to Commodities Boom: Panelists

The bull market for commodities that made 2010 a banner year for mining and mining exploration is likely to continue throughout 2011, according to three panelists who addressed the question at a recent forum in Vancouver, Canada.

PotashCorp CEO says company is essentially, 'sold out' in Q1

As PotashCorp reported the second highest sales in its history, CEO Bill Doyle forecast a record 9.5 million to 10 million tonnes of potash production this year.

Cargill puts potash assets into play

Agribusiness giant Cargill Inc. is spinning off its majority stake in fertilizer producer Mosaic (MOS-N72.47-3.68-4.83%) setting the stage for another potential takeover battle over prized Saskatchewan potash reserves, the Globe and Mail reports.

10 Predictions for 2011 – Gold, Dollar, Stocks, Politics

What’s in store for the economy and world at large in 2011? First let’s admit that short-term predictions are a crapshoot. Still, I have been able to nail about 80% of mine over the past few years and I find the process valuable in determining my overall investment strategy for the year.

Compass Minerals Acquires Canadian Sulfate of Potash Producer, Big Quill Resources Inc.

News Blaze reports: Compass Minerals (NYSE: CMP) has acquired Big Quill Resources Inc., Canada's leading producer of sulphate of potash, in an all-cash transaction valued at 56 million Canadian dollars (US$56.3 million), subject to customary […]

York Potash sold to Sirius Minerals for £25.1 million

Sirius Minerals, the only London-listed potash company, said it bought privately held York Potash Ltd for 25.1 million pounds ($39.82 million) to gain access to over 600 square kilometres of mineral rights, as demand for […]

Looking Forward: 2011

In my yearly forecast letter last year, "Looking Forward: A Year In Transition," I expected the shape of 2010 to be up better than most expected in the beginning of the year, and tail off by the […]

South Boulder Mines: drilling increases potash exploration target

Diamond core drilling intersects additional potash in holes Col-011, 012, 013, 014, 015, 016 and 017; The results confirm an increase in the initial exploration target to 500 - 750Mt of potash ores with average grades of 21-25% KCl located above 100m

Technological Risk in Mining: Biotech replacing Potash?

“Researchers conducting tests in the harsh environment of Mono Lake in California have discovered the first known microorganism on Earth able to thrive and reproduce using the toxic chemical arsenic. The microorganism substitutes arsenic for […]

By Leia Michele Toovey-Exclusive to Potash Investing News Potash miners are facing heightened competition as the potential for profits is attracting mining companies to find and develop potash reserves.  Historically, the potash industry has been dominated […]

Junior Potash Companies Now The Focus

All eyes were recently focused on the senior Potash sector as BHP Billiton's failed bid for Potash Corp was showcased in the Canadian press. Today there is news that will, in this authors opinion, refocus […]