A stronger start to spring fertilizer might challenge supplies

A fertilizer market expert says U.S. supplies could get tight if spring fieldwork continues at a strong pace across the Midwest.

Josh Linville says the system usually plans for spring applications to pick up around mid-March and last fall was one of the strongest application seasons in recent history.

“Our fall run on anhydrous, we think, was the third largest run since 2000 and we emptied the system,” says Linville. “But because it was so good and spread out, that means we ended the fall season very low on inventories sitting in tanks and there was only so much logistical capacity to move product and get the system rebuilt.”

He tells Brownfield the system was going to struggle to refill supplies in a normal spring and if supplies get tighter, fertilizer prices will increase. Linville says farmers should stay in touch with their local retailer. 

“How are your supplies looking? What timelines are you looking at? Do you anticipate running out? Try to get ahead of that. That conversation is going to be key going into spring, it always is, but even more this year, because of the logistical challenges I foresee happening.”

Linville is the director of fertilizer with StoneX Group.

Add Comment

Your email address will not be published.


Stay Up to Date

Subscribe for our newsletter today and receive relevant news straight to your inbox!

Brownfield Ag News