NCGA says the waiting game continues for relief in the fertilizer market


The president of the National Corn Growers Association says relief from record fertilizer costs and tight supplies isn’t expected anytime soon.

Chris Edgington says farmers are anxiously waiting for the removal of tariffs placed on phosphate imports from Morocco. “We’re almost to a point where we’re looking at 2024 corn unfortunately.”

The International Trade Commission placed 20 percent tariffs on phosphate imported from Morocco in 2021 and the case is under review by a trade judge.

He tells Brownfield the supply of potash could be limited as the war in Ukraine continues. “We’re kind of down to one country.  Canada is going to have to be our main supplier for while other than what we have domestically because Russia and Belarus aren’t accessible at the moment.”

Edgington says some farmers have been able to lock in prices for next year, but rates are still double the 2020 average.

Brownfield interviewed Edgington at the 2022 Farm Progress Show.

Chris Edgington, NCGA President:

Brownfield’s Mark Dorenkamp contributed to this story.

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