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Fertilizer Prices Continue to Soar

According to DTN’s weekly survey of ag retailers, fertilizer prices are continuing to move higher. Potash and urea were both up 17 percent from one month ago. MAP was ten percent more expensive. UAN28 and UAN32 were eight percent higher than last month with UAN 28 topping the $400 per ton level for the first time since May of 2013. Anhydrous prices are now averaging over $800 per ton, up seven percent from a month ago. DAP prices are up five percent.

Pinto Beans Respond to Phosphorus Start Fertilizer

Phosphorus-based starter fertilizer can increase pinto bean seed yield. That’s according to Greg Endres, North Dakota State University Extension cropping systems specialist.
 
That finding is the result of nearly a decade of NDSU phosphorus-based starter fertilizer trials conducted at the Carrington Research Extension Center. The trials evaluated pinto bean response primarily with liquid 10-34-0 fertilizer applied using different methods and rates in loam soil generally testing low in phosphorus.
 
Research highlights include:
  • Pinto bean seed yield increased more than 3 hundredweight (cwt) per acre with in-furrow (IF, meaning fertilizer placed directly with seed) -applied 10-34-0 at 2 to 3 gallons per acre (gpa), compared with the untreated check.
  • Yield was similar with IF- and band-applied (2 inches horizontally placed from planted seed) 10-34-0 at 3 to 6 gpa, although the plant population was reduced with IF application.
  • Broadcast or midrow (centered between 22- or 30-inch rows) band-applied 10-34-0 did not increase yield.
  • Yield was similar between low (2.5 to 3 gpa) and high (5 to 6 gpa) rates of IF-applied 10-34-0. The high fertilizer rate reduced the plant population.
  • The plant population and yield were similar between IF-applied 10-34-0 and the low-salt fertilizer 6-24-6.
 
More information about this research is available in NDSU Extension publication “Pinto Bean Response to Phosphorus Starter Fertilizer in East-central North Dakota.”

CHS Fertilizer Hub to be Built at Langdon

A new 24,000 ton fertilizer facility will be built at the Langdon, North Dakota CHS location. The facility will include two 16-ton blenders, five big bins and four micro-bins to house dry fertilizer. When finished, the hub will have a 1,200 ton her hour unloading capability.

Based at the Milton location, assistant general manager Travis Peterson says ground will be broke this spring as soon as weather permits. “The completion deadline is January of 2020,” says Peterson. “The need for fertilizer supplies keeps growing, so it will serve the area farmers well.”