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  • Global fertilizer use has increased every year since 2000, minus the global financial crisis of 2008. World fertilizer demand is expected to be just under 200 million metric tons in 2019. (Graphic courtesy of Rajiv Ram, CRU Int. Ltd.)

    Global Fertilizer Outlook - 6

    A strong rebound in global fertilizer demand is expected in 2020, led by more acres planted in the U.S. Despite that general trend, China is seeing its nutrient demand share falling.

  • The world's nutrient capacity is expected to increase by 66% from 1990 to 2022. (Graphic courtesy of Michel Prud'homme)

    Global Fertilizer Outlook - 5

    Global fertilizer demand is increasing as the world's farmers attempt to feed an ever-increasing world population. Some areas of the world see increasing supplies, such as urea capacity in India, while other areas see...

  • The average retail price of anhydrous was $488 per ton the fourth week of December 2019, down about 1.8% from $497 the fourth week of November. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail prices for all eight of the major fertilizers were slightly lower again in the fourth week of December 2019.

  • Global sulfur supply was 60 million metric tons (mmt) in 2017 and demand was 62 mmt for 2017. (Graphic courtesy Fiona Boyd, Acuity Commodities)

    Global Fertilizer Outlook - 4

    Much like the outlook for other nutrients, the world sulfur market appears balanced as it heads into 2020. However, several possible challenges in the coming year could change this situation.

  • Either a bullish or bearish scenario will play out in the potash market in 2020. The bullish situation has a better chance of occurring, according to a fertilizer analyst. (Graphic courtesy of Mike Rahm, Mike R. Rahm Consulting LLC)

    Global Fertilizer Outlook - 3

    North America is projected to account for the bulk of the gain of potash shipments to the Americas, with shipments rebounding from 9.4 million metric tons this year to 10.2 mmt in 2020.

  • Phosphate demand in the United States fell from 4 million metric tons in 2018 to 3.6 mmt in 2019, a decrease of 10%, with bad weather being a big factor. (DTN file photo)

    Global Fertilizer Outlook - 2

    Despite weather issues in the United States in 2019, global phosphorus fertilizer consumption is increasing. Countries such as India and several African countries have seen increases in consumption in recent...

  • As the sun sets on 2019, DTN's Agronomy Advisers reflected on what they've learned from this historically challenging season. (DTN photo by Elaine Shein)

    DTN Field Roundup

    Farmers got a master class in stress management during 2019.

  • U.S. and Canadian fertilizer industry groups praise the USMCA trade deal and say it will help farmers who depend on cost-effective products. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

    USMCA Announcement Hailed

    The fertilizer industry is urging swift passage of USMCA by the Canadian and U.S. governments. A recent fertilizer outlook conference also stressed that trade uncertainties are bearish for global fertilizer supply...

  • The spray restrictions for the dicamba herbicides designed for the Xtend Crop System differ between states. Growers can learn more when they attend dicamba training classes. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

    Herbicide Rule Reminders

    Special training is necessary to apply some dicamba herbicide formulations next season. For the first time, paraquat also requires special training.

  • Potash prices tracked by DTN continue to move lower. A fertilizer stock analyst says supplier inventories are high but strong demand will speed usage. (DTN Chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Most major fertilizer prices continue to creep lower, with 10-34-0 the only product to slide higher.

  • Seed treatment is especially important when planting soybeans early, Brad and Jacob Wade believe. They are constantly studying and evaluating new products. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Pamela Smith)

    More Green From Beans - 6

    There's no one way to pump up soybean yields, so finding a system that works for your farm is critical for profitability.

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