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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 2015
Through the second quarter of the year, US urea has seen market conditions fluctuate as both demand and supply issues have arisen and have been further propelled by weather issues, which have kept farmers delayed and caused logistic issues in some portions of the country.
The period saw not only the closing of the crop plantings but also the emergence of both side-dressing applications for crops, which were either deficient or suffering from excessive moisture, and the developing start of some restocking of the warehouse inventories.
When the demand runs have emerged over the past three months, the activity has been very brisk but the market has also seen some stretches of light interest dominating. Overall demand has been strongest over the quarter for in-place product but with some uncertainty driving the market, there was a trend of supply shortages coming about at the end of each month, which gave way for a wide range of pricing.
Given that crop economics have diminished, there was a speculation over how farmer demand would potentially fall, and while some nutrients have seen a greater disinterest, urea demand was seen as being close to typical levels this season.
The interest in the market has been provided some much needed underlining support from the ongoing early summer side-dressing period for corn as the weather patterns this spring, and throughout the quarter, cut short both the applications opportunities in certain regions, or has now caused leeching of the nutrient.
If inventories are tighter as it is expected moving forward, then the pending refill activity, and the need to begin positioning greater volumes, will be a strong driver of the market into the next quarter, and as a result there could be a distinctive narrowing of the price range domestically.
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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