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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 Q1 2016
The Q1 period has seen the urea market gain back some of the strides it forfeited to close out 2015, and while there have been weather disruptions, supply tightness and some tepid buying from farmers for the early spring run, sentiment is strong the market is on the cusp of another larger crop planting in the US.
If this carries forth, sentiment is still strong that elevated field activity will translate into the urea market seeing a very robust period of fertilizer business.
Barge levels have steadily ticked higher through the quarter as participants began acquiring their spring line-ups and position volumes for what was anticipated to be an early start spring.
That quick start to planting activity has been muted by bad weather conditions, which brought cold and rain across the key regions, and has left the market a tad backed up as it awaits farmers to get fully under way headed into Q2.
After taking some lifts and falls in the first half of the quarter, prices have steadily edged higher and have stayed fairly firm through the month of March, although some premiums were seen in volumes that were able to get upriver already and ready for farm gate deliveries.
Like other fertilizer offerings, market participants are eagerly awaiting the complete start of farming efforts going into next month in what is expected to be a strong yet possibly compact run of urea buying and applications in the US.
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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