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DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends
By Russ Quinn
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 11:00AM CDT

OMAHA (DTN) -- Potash prices rose significantly compared to last month, while the average retail price of DAP reached a 10-year high, according to prices tracked by DTN for the second week of September 2021.

Potash was 6% higher compared to last month. The fertilizer had an average price of $598/ton.

The remaining seven fertilizers were all just slightly higher. DTN designates a significant price increase as 5% or more.

Four fertilizers had price increases of 3% compared to last month. MAP had an average price of $776/ton, urea $572/ton, anhydrous $762/ton, and UAN28 $381/ton.

The price of UAN32 increased 2% to $428/ton.

DAP prices increased 1% to $702/ton. The average price of 10-34-0 was fractionally higher at $632/ton. DAP rose above $700/ton for the first time in nearly 10 years. The last time the phosphorus fertilizer's price was this high was the second week of Dec. 2011 when the average price was at $702/ton.

On a price per pound of nitrogen basis, the average urea price was at $0.62/lb.N, anhydrous $0.46/lb.N, UAN28 $0.68/lb.N and UAN32 $0.67/lb.N.

There's more evidence fertilizer supply shortages could be coming. Last week, two major fertilizer manufacturers announced they were shutting down European facilities due to a relatively new issue facing fertilizer production -- high natural gas prices. (You can find more on rising natural gas prices here: https://www.wsj.com/…)

On Sept. 15, CF Industries announced a halt in operations at two manufacturing facilities in the United Kingdom. Plants in Billingham and Ince, UK, are stopping production.

"The company does not have an estimate for when production will resume at the facilities," according to a CF Industries press release.

Then on Sept. 17 Yara announced it will curtail production at a at number of its European plants because record high natural gas prices in Europe are affecting ammonia production margins, according to a Yara press release.

By this week, Yara will have shut down around 40% of its European ammonia production capacity.

"Yara will continue to monitor the situation, with the objective to keep supplying customers but curtailing production where necessary," according to a press release.

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

10-34-0 is now 39% more expensive, urea is 59% higher, DAP is 62% more expensive, UAN32 is 69% higher, MAP is 73% more expensive, both potash and UAN28 are now 74% higher and anhydrous is 77% 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/….

Fertilizer manufacturer CF Industries announced they restarted ammonia plants at the Donaldsonville (Louisiana) Complex after Hurricane Ida. You can read it here: https://www.dtnpf.com/….

DRY
Date Range DAP MAP POTASH UREA
Sep 14-18 2020 434 448 344 360
Oct 12-16 2020 445 475 332 359
Nov 9-13 2020 454 486 333 358
Dec 7-11 2020 456 510 348 361
Jan 4-8 2021 482 543 369 368
Feb 1-5 2021 554 601 389 429
Mar 1-5 2021 609 673 416 474
Mar 29-Apr 2 2021 618 697 429 502
Apr 26-30 2021 629 703 433 513
May 24-28 2021 652 709 443 523
Jun 21-25 2021 670 720 469 541
Jul 19-23 2021 695 750 543 553
Aug 16-20 2021 695 755 564 556
Sep 13-17 2021 702 776 598 572
Liquid
Date Range 10-34-0 ANHYD UAN28 UAN32
Sep 14-18 2020 455 431 219 253
Oct 12-16 2020 457 424 209 249
Nov 9-13 2020 455 422 208 248
Dec 7-11 2020 464 429 210 252
Jan 4-8 2021 464 470 209 251
Feb 1-5 2021 502 507 239 272
Mar 1-5 2021 560 560 254 304
Mar 29-Apr 2 2021 599 685 340 377
Apr 26-30 2021 613 710 350 391
May 24-28 2021 619 719 361 407
Jun 21-25 2021 625 724 366 420
Jul 19-23 2021 632 736 365 419
Aug 16-20 2021 631 743 369 420
Sep 13-17 2021 632 762 381 428

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

Follow him on Twitter at @RussQuinnDTN


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