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The US weekly urea report covers the spot price of urea in the US Gulf (USG). Urea is a major source of nitrogen, a key plant nutrient for many of the crops that we grow for food, feed and fuel.
The report is important to producers, distributors and dealers of urea who need to know and receive an in-depth analysis of trends in the fertiliser industry.
Urea is important to wheat growers, specifically as it is the main source of nitrogen for both winter and spring wheat.
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Updated to Q2 2016
In the US the second quarter has seen the urea market take a definitive step backwards . Demand faded over the quarter as the seasonal pull eased with crop plantings completed and was further impacted by inventory levels remaining abundant.
Although secondary applications of nitrogen got underway during the quarter, barge levels have retreated as fill buying has not fully commenced and crop prices lost some of the early summer gains leaving some questions lingering over how strong demand will be entering into July.
Barge price and terminal levels steadily dropped over the month and were hovering in a range of low-mid $170s/short ton at the end of June.
While the market had anticipated that the secondary applications would give it a late quarter boost with crops advancing quickly that window for further inputs has quickly closed.
It is now anticipated that urea will not see another uptick until fill buying fully commences late in the summer but with sizeable crop acreage and potential loss of nutrients due to weather and crop demands, sentiment is firm that significant refilling interest is forthcoming.
The US weekly urea report covers the spot price of urea in the US Gulf (USG). Urea is a major source of nitrogen – a key plant nutrient for many of the crops that we grow for food, feed and fuel.
The report is important to producers, distributors and dealers of urea who need to know and receive an in-depth analysis of trends in the fertilizer industry.
Urea is important to wheat growers – specifically because it is the main source of nitrogen for both winter and spring wheat.
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