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DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends
By Russ Quinn
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 10:16AM CDT

OMAHA (DTN) -- Retail fertilizer prices continued to show small increases the first week of September 2021, according to sellers surveyed by DTN. However, it's been four weeks since any fertilizer posted significant price changes, which DTN designates as 5% or greater.

All eight major fertilizers were higher compared to a month earlier, with potash increasing the most. It was up 2% to $575 per ton.

The remaining seven fertilizers saw price increases of 1% or less. DAP had an average price of $699/ton, MAP $757/ton, urea $558/ton, 10-34-0 $631/ton, anhydrous $750/ton, UAN28 $371/ton and UAN32 $422/ton.

On a price per pound of nitrogen basis, the average urea price was at $0.61/lb.N, anhydrous $0.46/lb.N, UAN28 $0.66/lb.N and UAN32 $0.66/lb.N.

When Hurricane Ida slammed into Louisiana at the end of August, it's high winds, heavy rains and a storm surge forced grain terminals along the lower Mississippi River to shift more grain and soybean exports to ports in the Pacific Northwest. (Read DTN's coverage here: https://www.dtnpf.com/….)

The weather also affected the region's fertilizer manufacturing facilities. CF Industries reported on Thursday, Sept. 9, that it had begun restarting its ammonia plants at the Donaldsonville Complex, according to a CF Industries news release.

The company shut down operations of the facilities ahead of the hurricane on Saturday, Aug. 28, as part of its contingency plans.

While the ammonia plants at Donaldsonville have restarted, other fertilizer facilities at the complex have not. CF says production of urea, nitric acid and urea ammonium nitrate will begin later.

"Shipping will proceed on an as-available basis," the news release said. "CF Industries will communicate directly with customers regarding impacts caused by Hurricane Ida."

Some in the fertilizer industry have already expressed concern about the availability of fertilizer this fall, and with one of the nation's largest nitrogen manufacturing plant offline for over a week, those concerns are likely to increase.

To read the full CF Industries news release, see https://www.cfindustries.com/….

Retail fertilizer prices compared to a year ago show prices for all fertilizers have increased significantly.

10-34-0 is now 38% more expensive, urea is 55% higher, DAP is 61% more expensive, both potash and UAN32 are 67% higher, MAP 70% more expensive, UAN28 is 72% higher and anhydrous is 73% more expensive compared to last year.

DTN surveys more than 300 retailers, gathering roughly 1,700 fertilizer price bids, to compile the DTN Fertilizer Index each week. In addition to national averages, MyDTN subscribers can access the full DTN Fertilizer Index, which includes state averages, here: https://www.mydtn.com/….

Farmers will need to fully consider all options when deciding how much nitrogen fertilizer apply for the 2022 crop, according to University of Minnesota Extension. You can read it here: https://www.dtnpf.com/….

DRY
Date Range DAP MAP POTASH UREA
Sep 7-Sep 11, 2020 434 445 345 360
Oct 5-9 2020 441 466 335 361
Nov 2-6 2020 447 479 331 358
Nov 30-Dec 4 2020 455 499 340 359
Dec 28-Jan 1 2021 475 537 366 367
Jan 25-29 2021 500 580 379 405
Feb 22-26 2021 605 661 408 464
Mar 22-26 2021 616 696 428 499
Apr 19-23 2021 627 703 432 510
May 17-21 2021 642 708 440 521
Jun 14-18 2021 661 719 454 531
Jul 12-16 2021 693 730 501 550
Aug 9-13 2021 695 755 563 555
Sep 6-10 2021 699 757 575 558
LIQUID
Date Range 10-34-0 ANHYD UAN28 UAN32
Sep 7-Sep 11, 2020 459 434 216 253
Oct 5-9 2020 457 424 209 250
Nov 2-6 2020 455 423 208 248
Nov 30-Dec 4 2020 459 427 208 249
Dec 28-Jan 1 2021 464 470 209 250
Jan 25-29 2021 489 489 220 258
Feb 22-26 2021 532 544 250 296
Mar 22-26 2021 599 684 335 376
Apr 19-23 2021 612 707 348 391
May 17-21 2021 620 716 361 407
Jun 14-18 2021 621 719 365 414
Jul 12-16 2021 624 725 368 418
Aug 9-13 2021 630 740 366 418
Sep 6-10 2021 631 750 371 422

Russ Quinn can be reached at russ.quinn@dtn.com

Follow him on Twitter at @RussQuinnDTN


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