OMAHA (DTN) -- After a week in which half of the average retail fertilizer prices were lower, prices for most fertilizers moved higher the first week of March 2022 compared to a month earlier, according to sellers surveyed by DTN.
Seven of the eight major fertilizers were higher looking back a month, though none were up a significant amount. DTN designates a significant move as anything 5% or more.
DAP had an average price of $879 per ton, MAP $937/ton, potash $815/ton, 10-34-0 $837/ton, anhydrous $1,487/ton, UAN28 $603 (all-time high price) and UAN32 $703/ton (all-time high price).
One fertilizer was slightly lower in price compared to the prior month. Urea had an average price of $887/ton.
On a price per pound of nitrogen basis, the average urea price was at $0.96/lb.N, anhydrous $0.91/lb.N, UAN28 $1.08/lb.N and UAN32 $1.10/lb.N.
Brazil is looking for a new fertilizer supplier as the war in Ukraine threatens to cut off shipments of nutrients to the South American agriculture giant, Dow Jones reported.
Brazil imports about 85% of its fertilizer needs and about a fifth of those imports come from Russia. Russia's trade ministry has called for the suspension of fertilizer exports.
Even before the conflict, there were numerous issues with global fertilizer supply. Higher natural gas prices, a lower supply from China and weather issues curtailing U.S. production all came together in 2021 to reduce supply, thus raising world fertilizer prices.
The war in Ukraine has made this situation worse, according to industry analysts.
Dow Jones reported that Brazilian Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina Dias said she is planning to travel to Canada this month to hopefully secure more fertilizer supplies. Dias said Brazil has enough stocks to last until October, although some don't agree with this statement.
The Brazilian National Fertilizer Association has warned local fertilizer stocks will only last another three months. Sanctions and travel restrictions have hampered shipments to Brazil, the group said.
"We are experiencing firsthand what it means to depend on imported fertilizer," Jefferson Souza, a Brazil-based fertilizer analyst at Agrinvest Commodities, told Dow Jones.
Sluggish productivity has kept the country from developing a larger domestic fertilizer industry, he said.
Most fertilizers continue to be considerably higher in price than one year earlier.
MAP is now 39% more expensive, DAP is 44% higher, 10-34-0 is 50% more expensive, urea is 87% higher, potash is 96% more expensive, UAN32 is 131% higher, UAN28 137% is more expensive and anhydrous is 166% higher 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/….
The Mosaic Company said strong commodity prices will drive the fertilizer demand higher through at least 2022, Dow Jones reported. You can read it here: https://www.dtnpf.com/….
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