World Fertilizer Outlook

What is happening with fertilizer prices?

Adapted from articles from DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends by Russ Quinn ( 

Fertilizer prices have steadily risen this past year, according to retail prices tracked by DTN. Monoammonium phosphate (MAP) is 74% higher than a year ago while diammonium phosphate (DAP) is 63% higher. Nitrogen fertilizers such as urea ammonium nitrate (UAN) has gone up 78% from a year ago while potash is 85% higher. The steep increase in fertilizer prices are driven by high natural gas prices in Europe, forcing some factories to reduce production or even shut down, global shortages of raw material due to the Covid pandemic that also caused global shortages of freight containers, high global demand and hurricane Ida that damaged factories in the USA. 

The move by China to ban phosphate exports until at least June of next year puts even more pressure on global phosphate trade. China represents about 30% of world trade. Now China’s traditional buyers will be looking elsewhere. This ripple effect will not be positive for growers with pressure on urea, MAP and DAP.

As high as urea and DAP prices are right now, they have not hit the highs the fertilizer markets saw in 2008; with the difference being in 2008 it was driven by demand, while now the prices are driven by supply chain challenges. 

Along with the fertilizer crunch, there are challenges in China with glyphosate production as well. With production at some facilities in the Gulf of Mexico also hit by the hurricane, there is growing concern about the availability of glyphosate into the next growing season.

The other real headache is supply-chain dynamics — the ability to get products to the South African market with increased freight costs due to global demand (freight costs per container increased by up to 50%), port bottlenecks, increased transport costs etc.

The supply situation for fertilizer and other chemicals is shaping up to make 2021/2022 an expensive year for inputs. Farmers have to become more resourceful and very flexible with their approach to growing. The fertilizer market will balance out around the world, but producers will have to adapt with tools such as precision farming, variable-application technology and reduced applications.

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