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DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends
By Russ Quinn
Wednesday, January 18, 2023 11:17AM CST

OMAHA (DTN) -- Most retail fertilizer prices continue to decline, according to prices tracked by DTN for the second week of January 2023. Seven of the eight major fertilizers are lower compared to last month.

Of these seven, five were noticeably lower compared to last month. DTN designates a significant move as anything 5% or more.

Anhydrous was down 12% from last month. The nitrogen fertilizer had an average price of $1,245/ton. It's the first time the anhydrous price dropped below $1,300/ton since the second week of November 2021. That week the price was $1,220/ton.

Potash was 8% less expensive compared to last month with an average price of $742/ton.

MAP was 7% lower in price compared to a year ago with an average price of $875/ton.

Urea was 6% lower compared to last month with an average price of $732/ton.

UAN32 was 5% less expensive than in mid-December with an average price of $650/ton.

Two fertilizers are only slightly lower compared to a month earlier. DAP has an average price of $868/ton while UAN28 is at $563/ton.

One fertilizer is slightly higher in price looking back to last month. 10-34-0 had an average price of $754/ton.

On a price per pound of nitrogen basis, the average urea price was at $0.80/lb.N, anhydrous $0.76/lb.N, UAN28 $1.01/lb.N and UAN32 $1.02/lb.N.

Natural gas prices have dropped across the world, but the price is still considerably higher in California, Dow Jones newswires report. The spot natural gas price in southern California this month has averaged $19.40 per million British thermal units, which is roughly five times the U.S. benchmark of $3.75.

The premium was even greater last month when natural gas in California at times exceeded $40. Meanwhile, the rest of the country's prices dropped from around $7 to less than $4.

California prices usually don't move much from the U.S. benchmark and regional prices spikes tend to only last just days, Dow Jones said. The sustained surge is due to uncertainty over when a key pipeline in the state will reopen.

Natural gas, a key ingredient for fertilizer, in southern California has faced the highest price increases, but its costs have also risen sharply across the entire state. Average prices in December quintupled from a year earlier at five California trading hubs, according to Dow Jones.

Most fertilizers are now lower compared to one year ago. This week, seven fertilizers are lower while only one is slightly higher.

Both UAN28 and UAN32 are 4% lower, 10-34-0 is 5% less expensive, MAP is 6% lower, potash is 8% less expensive, anhydrous is 13% lower and urea is 20% less expensive looking back to a year prior.

One fertilizer is still more expensive compared to last year. DAP is 1% higher compared to last year.

DTN gathers fertilizer price bids from agriculture retailers each week to compile the DTN Fertilizer Index. DTN first began reporting data in November 2008.

The supply of fertilizer is readily available, and farmers should communicate their needs to their fertilizer retailers, according to a fertilizer executive. You can read it here: https://www.dtnpf.com/….

DTN recently published a series titled "Global Fertilizer Outlook." Here are those articles:

To see Global Fertilizer Outlook - 1, go to:

https://www.dtnpf.com/…

To see Global Fertilizer Outlook - 2, go to:

https://www.dtnpf.com/…

To see Global Fertilizer Outlook - 3, go to:

https://www.dtnpf.com/…

DRY
Date Range DAP MAP POTASH UREA

Jan 10-14 2022

863

932

807

913

Feb 7-11 2022

876

935

815

905

Mar 7-11 2022

919

955

822

901

Apr 4-8 2022

1040

1056

875

1031

May 2-6 2022

1057

1081

881

1001

May 30-Jun 3 2022

1056

1079

880

979

Jun 27-Jul 1 2022

1039

1053

885

867

Jul 25-20 2022

1005

1041

887

836

Aug 22-26 2022

972

1026

880

804

Sep 19-23 2022

950

1005

875

811

Oct 17-21 2022

930

986

863

826

Nov 14-18 2022

930

978

848

812

Dec 12-Dec 16 2022

902

939

807

779

Jan 9-Jan 13 2023

868

875

742

732

LIQUID
Date Range 10-34-0 ANHYD UAN28 UAN32

Jan 10-14 2022

796

1430

584

679

Feb 7-11 2022

827

1487

600

699

Mar 7-11 2022

866

1490

603

704

Apr 4-8 2022

901

1534

629

729

May 2-6 2022

906

1534

631

730

May 30-Jun 3 2022

905

1529

633

731

Jun 27-Jul 1 2022

904

1466

611

702

Jul 25-20 2022

894

1431

596

693

Aug 22-26 2022

869

1331

575

676

Sep 19-23 2022

860

1376

578

670

Oct 17-21 2022

759

1419

576

678

Nov 14-18 2022

753

1415

584

681

Dec 12-Dec 16 2022

750

1415

579

682

Jan 9-Jan 13 2023

754

1245

563

650

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

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