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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 Q4 2014
The US urea market saw some increased demand earlier in the quarter but with the onset of winter sooner this year, and the tepid pace of purchases from end users for refill volumes, the market has slowed to end the year with buying interest and barge activity seen as moderately slow.
The first part of the quarter saw expected good movements of volumes to coincide with harvest activity and the strong assertions that there would be a very robust refill period which would be fuelled by increased applications following what was viewed as tremendous crop year.
This activity kept the market going forward with buying steady and demand fairly good but that was until winter arrived in early November. The unseasonably early snow and extreme cold shut the window on a large percentage of field activities beyond harvesting work.
As a result market activity crawled at a slower pace but even then it continued to see volumes being moved and barge activity was at a normal pace.
Typically the slowest part of the year the last part of the quarter that stretches out into December has seen some light buying with fill demand the key driver.
The primary focus has been on the Midwest markets and unloading some volumes that made it upriver in time into upper river warehouses. Interest in January buying has been seen with anticipations high that it will be an active month as interest in concluding spring shipments should be strong from all sides.
Going forward there is strong sentiment for good demand coming forward quickly as supplies are heard to be somewhat limited and because a majority of fall applications were cut short or deferred to the spring. This has given weight to the notion that buying interest will be very strong.
The biggest challenge will be whether demand outweighs immediately availability, and if transportation of additional volumes will be affected by logistic obstacles that are still being forecasted to have an impact on the market this coming year.
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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