Urea in New Orleans, Louisiana (NOLA) was selling for $720 per tonne as of Oct. 6, up from $411 two months earlier on Aug. 5. The price in Egypt nearly doubled over that same timeframe to $830 from $440. | File photo

Best to lock in fertilizer now, farmers warned

Nitrogen fertilizer prices have exploded due to sky-high natural gas prices, says an industry analyst. Fertilizer production facilities across Europe have been particularly hard hit by natural gas prices that soared to US$35 to $40 per MMBtu (metric million British thermal unit) last week, due to unusually strong demand for the product. “It’s not that […] Read more

Fertilizer Canada said Ottawa's unilateral decision to establish a voluntary 30 percent emissions reduction target by 2030 will have far-reaching and unintended consequences for the economy. | Screencap via fertilizercanada.ca

Fertilizer sector asks Ottawa to rethink emission target

A Canadian organization that represents fertilizer manufacturers, wholesale distributors and retailers says Ottawa needs to rethink its greenhouse gas reduction emission target stemming from fertilizer use. Fertilizer Canada said Ottawa’s unilateral decision to establish a voluntary 30 percent emissions reduction target by 2030 will have far-reaching and unintended consequences for the economy. The organization’s top […] Read more

China relies on imports of potash, widely used as a fertiliser, for about half its total annual demand. | Screencap via nutrien.com

China to release potash reserves to ensure supply, stable prices

BEIJING, Sept 22 (Reuters) – China’s state planner on Wednesday said the government would take measures to keep supply and prices of fertilisers stable, including releasing potash fertilizer reserves and ensuring imports reach farmers as it looks to bolster food security. The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said it was one of 13 government […] Read more


Nutrien Ltd on Monday raised its full-year adjusted profit outlook, citing robust demand in the global crop and fertilizer markets. | File photo

Nutrien boosts profit outlook on strong demand for fertilizers

Aug 9 (Reuters) – Canadian fertilizer company Nutrien Ltd on Monday raised its full-year adjusted profit outlook, citing robust demand in the global crop and fertilizer markets. Crop prices continue to be supported by strong demand and less than expected supply, resulting in historically low global inventory and strong grower margins, the company said in […] Read more

This is the peak season for fertilizer movement as retailers are getting products in place for the upcoming spring planting season. | File photo

COVID-19 won’t disrupt fertilizer availability

Garth Whyte exhaled a sigh of relief when he read Agriculture Canada’s statement about the transportation of agricultural commodities. “The continued movement of agri-food products and inputs, both home and abroad, and the ongoing delivery of essential food-delivery services, are essential to Canada’s plan to manage COVID-19,” federal agriculture minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said in a […] Read more


European Union farmers face an organic fertilizer application quota and tougher restrictions on slurry spreading.  |  Chris McCullough photo

Challenging times for fertilizer use in European Union

Extra pressure in the form of new fertilizer application regulations are being piled on to European farmers along with a fresh hike in costs of the commodity. Whether it is organic or artificial, fertilizer is an essential ingredient for European farmers to increase production, but its use is proving costly and a headache for many. […] Read more

Terminal supervisor Neal Renwick leads a tour of the new Co-op fertilizer terminal in Hanley, Sask., Sept. 5.  |  William DeKay photo

Foray into bulk fertilizer pleases Federated Co-op

FCL sees more opportunities in the future after opening two prairie terminals to provide retail stores with product

HANLEY, Sask. — It recently opened and a giant fertilizer terminal is already being eyed for growth. Located in Hanley, the 96,000 sq. foot facility is one of two terminals commissioned by Federated Co-operatives Ltd. as part of a $75 million initiative to provide Co-op Agro Centres and prairie producers with crop nutrition products. “We’re […] Read more

Bayer's LifeScience Center division, along with biotech firm Ginkgo Bioworks, is forming a startup to focus on developing biological solutions to reduce the use of nitrogen-based fertilizer, or make farmers' use more efficient, company officials said this week. | File photo

Bayer joins in $100 million investment bet on bio fertilizer

CHICAGO, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Germany’s Bayer AG, one of the world’s biggest agricultural chemical companies, is joining a $100 million bet that the next big breakthrough in crop fertilizers will be found inside a biological Petri dish. Its Bayer LifeScience Center division, along with biotech firm Ginkgo Bioworks, is forming a startup to focus […] Read more


TAPPS puts up to three products down at high pressure into a very narrow slit in the soil.  They can be used to feed winter cereals in the spring with little or no damage or cut through stubble in the fall.  |  Exactrix photo

Make nitrogen more efficient

LANGHAM, Sask. —American corn growers are realizing a one-third increase in nitrogen efficiency by using the Exactrix TAPPS application system. TAPPS technology injects NH3 along with a liquid fertilizer blend, creating a soil environment that reduces nitrogen loss, Exactrix agronomist Guy Swanson said. “In dryland scenarios, the grower nets about 60 more (US) dollars per […] Read more

A TAPPS cart from CPS got farmers attention at the AIM farm show in Langham, Sask. Made by Wadena Steel, the unit weighs up to 80,000 pounds when loaded.  |  Ron Lyseng photo

Turn on the TAPPS for better nitrogen efficiency

LANGHAM, Sask. — Farmers at the recent Ag in Motion show who want to optimize nitrogen uptake were drawn to the rubber- track trailer bearing a pair of 1,200 gallon liquid tanks flanked by a pair of 2,000 gallon anhydrous ammonia tanks. The big rig was the brainchild of Crop Production Services in Sexsmith, Alta., […] Read more