OMAHA (DTN) -- Retail fertilizer prices continue to decline for the fifth consecutive week, according to national average prices tracked by DTN for the first week of September. Once again, all eight major fertilizers were lower compared a month earlier with all but one marking considerable price drops.
One thing that is new this week is multiple fertilizers with double-digit price declines. 10-34-0 is 13% lower compared to month earlier while UAN32 is 11% less expensive and UAN28 is 10% lower. 10-34-0 averaged $478 per ton, UAN32 $274/ton and UAN28 $228/ton.
Just missing a double-digit price decline was anhydrous, which was down 9% compared to the previous month. Urea slid 7%, potash was 6% less expensive and MAP was down 5%. Anhydrous had an average price of $502/ton, urea $325/ton, potash $325/ton and MAP $464/ton.
One fertilizer, DAP, was only just slightly lower in price compared to a month ago. The phosphorus fertilizer averaged $446/ton.
On a price per pound of nitrogen basis, the average urea price was at $0.35/lb.N, anhydrous $0.31/lb.N, UAN28 $0.41/lb.N and UAN32 $0.43/lb.N.
Like last week, DTN asked farmers if these lower retail fertilizer prices have prompted them to pre-order fertilizer or, at the very least, think about their fertilizer needs for the next growing season. Fertilizer retailers have reported throughout the current growing season their farmer/customers have been extremely reluctant to book their upcoming fertilizer needs.
Doug Zillinger, who farms near Logan, Kansas, said he is aware fertilizer prices have dropped recently. Despite this knowledge, he has decided to wait on buying fertilizer.
"I'm hoping it will go down more," Zillinger said. "I was also thinking about applying all my fertilizer on 2017 crops before the first of the year, weather permitting."
Mark Israel is in the interesting position of being a farmer whose family also owns and operates a farm supply business. The South Georgia farmer said he pays the same price as his customers pay for fertilizer.
"I haven't priced any," Israel told DTN. "I hope it continues to go down as commodities have."
Another farmer who hasn't locked in any fertilizer yet is Scott Wallis. The Princeton, Indiana, farmer said he noticed lower prices. He spreads his own fertilizer, so he buys his fertilizer direct. Those prices are 25% to 30% lower than last year for potash and about 20% less DAP, he said.
According to DTN surveys, retail fertilizers are significantly lower compared to a year earlier. All fertilizers are now double digits lower.
Both MAP and 10-34-0 are now down 20% and both DAP and UAN32 are 21% lower. Anhydrous is now 23% lower, UAN28 is 24% less expensive, urea is down 25% and potash is 31% lower compared to a year ago.
DTN collects roughly 1,700 retail fertilizer bids from 310 retailer locations weekly. Not all fertilizer prices change each week. Prices are subject to change at any time.
DTN Pro Grains subscribers can find current retail fertilizer price in the DTN Fertilizer Index on the Fertilizer page under Farm Business.
Retail fertilizer charts dating back to November 2008 are available in the DTN fertilizer segment. The charts included cost of N/lb., DAP, MAP, potash, urea, 10-34-0, anhydrous, UAN28 and UAN32.
DTN's average of retail fertilizer prices from a month earlier ($ per ton):
|Sep 7-11 2015||563||580||467||433|
|Oct 5-9 2015||548||564||446||418|
|Nov 2-6 2015||546||560||430||405|
|Nov 30-Dec 4 2015||541||559||421||400|
|Dec 28-Jan 1 2016||494||531||398||383|
|Jan 25-29 2016||495||515||391||380|
|Feb 22-26 2016||477||492||373||371|
|Mar 21-25 2016||475||501||371||390|
|Apr 18-22 2016||477||502||366||388|
|May 16-20 2016||476||501||365||384|
|June 13-17 2016||469||496||359||367|
|July 11-15 2016||467||496||358||360|
|Aug 8-12 2016||453||482||344||345|
|Sept 5-9 2016||446||464||325||325|
|Sep 7-11 2015||594||656||301||346|
|Oct 5-9 2015||584||639||294||338|
|Nov 2-6 2015||583||633||291||332|
|Nov 30-Dec 4 2015||578||627||286||332|
|Dec 28-Jan 1 2016||570||590||273||317|
|Jan 25-29 2016||571||569||271||317|
|Feb 22-26 2016||566||536||260||309|
|Mar 21-25 2016||561||569||276||312|
|Apr 18-22 2016||561||588||274||322|
|May 16-20 2016||558||588||274||321|
|June 13-17 2016||555||566||266||305|
|July 11-15 2016||538||547||266||306|
|Aug 8-12 2016||528||522||249||299|
|Sept 5-9 2016||478||502||228||274|
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