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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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Like other fertilizers, the US urea market has had struggled to get the year started. A long and rather intense pattern of winter weather has temporarily hindered spring applications and limited overall demand.
This situation, which carried over from the end of last year, has put pressure on pricing, but as the planting season draws close the outlook for urea appears fairly healthy. Nonetheless, in the distance there are some concerns over possible tight supply.
Pricing is starting to show a slight lift as buyers are starting to step back into the market as the quarter ends, especially in the barge market. However, pricing has for the most part remained under steady pressure in the three months leading into April.
A respite from the lacklustre direction of the market is that planting intentions are set to heavily favour crop production once again and the need for urea applications will be carried forward by that momentum.
US farmers are looking at another high level of production and with the early arrival of winter, there was a sizeable amount of acreage that did not receive any fall applications. This is also setting the stage for a surge in applications.
The one question lingering in the market is whether volumes will be sufficiently in place in time for farmers to put into the field, or whether there will be some nutrient swapping due to overall time factors and specific crop considerations.
Updated to mid-April 2014
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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