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DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends
By Russ Quinn
DTN Staff Reporter

OMAHA (DTN) -- Average retail prices for all but one of the eight major fertilizers were lower the second week of August 2017 compared to a month earlier, according to fertilizer retailers surveyed by DTN.

The average price of 10-34-0 was $440 per ton the second week of August, up 2% from $431 the second week of July.

Prices for all other major fertilizers were lower from the previous month, with anhydrous showing the largest drop. The nitrogen fertilizer had an average price of $419 the second week of August, down 7% from $451 the second week of July.

UAN28 also showed a fairly significant drop in price from the previous month. The fertilizer had an average price of $224 the second week of August, down about 5% from its average price of $235 the second week of July.

The remaining five major fertilizers all saw smaller price declines from the previous month. DAP had an average price of $434/ton, MAP $462/ton, potash $339/ton, urea $311/ton and UAN32 $258/ton.

On a price per pound of nitrogen basis, the average urea price was at $0.34/lb.N, anhydrous $0.26/lb.N, UAN28 $0.40/lb.N and UAN32 $0.40/lb.N.

Prices for all retail fertilizers are lower compared to a year earlier. Five of the eight major fertilizers are double digits lower.

Anhydrous is 20% lower than a year ago, 10-34-0 is 17% lower, UAN32 is 14% lower, UAN28 and urea are both 10% lower, DAP and MAP are both 4% lower, and potash is about 2% lower.

DTN collects roughly 1,700 retail fertilizer bids from 310 retailer locations weekly. Not all fertilizer prices change each week. Prices are subject to change at any time.

DTN Pro Grains subscribers can find current retail fertilizer price in the DTN Fertilizer Index on the Fertilizer page under Farm Business.

Retail fertilizer charts dating back to 2010 are available in the DTN fertilizer segment. The charts included cost of N/lb., DAP, MAP, potash, urea, 10-34-0, anhydrous, UAN28 and UAN32.

DTN's average of retail fertilizer prices from a month earlier ($ per ton):

DRY
Date Range DAP MAP POTASH UREA
Aug 8-12 2016 453 482 344 345
Sept 5-9 2016 446 464 325 325
Oct 3-7 2016 438 451 312 315
Oct 31-Nov 4 2016 436 451 314 319
Nov 28-Dec 2 2016 435 445 318 331
Dec 26-30 2016 431 443 321 336
Jan 23-27 2017 429 443 322 347
Feb 20-24 2017 433 452 332 359
Mar 20-24 2017 438 464 338 356
Apr 17-21 2017 438 466 339 352
May 15-19 2017 437 471 340 350
Jun 12-16 2017 437 470 341 338
Jul 10-14 2017 436 467 340 321
Aug 7-11 2017 434 462 339 311
LIQUID
Date Range 10-34-0 ANHYD UAN28 UAN32
Aug 8-12 2016 528 522 249 299
Sept 5-9 2016 478 502 228 274
Oct 3-7 2016 454 472 224 263
Oct 31-Nov 4 2016 452 471 244 262
Nov 28-Dec 2 2016 447 465 217 256
Dec 26-30 2016 437 466 217 254
Jan 23-27 2017 436 480 235 268
Feb 20-24 2017 440 490 241 276
Mar 20-24 2017 441 507 248 280
Apr 17-21 2017 437 509 247 280
May 15-19 2017 436 510 248 283
Jun 12-16 2017 435 500 246 278
Jul 10-14 2017 431 451 235 268
Aug 7-11 2017 440 419 224 258

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

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