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Updated to Q2 2016
Through Q2 US ammonia saw typical demand as farmers advanced their crop plantings and with firmer market conditions pricing levels for the benchmark Tampa contract saw a slight increase initially before sliding back downward.
With weather holding back the onslaught of spring activity and the global markets fairly stable, the April contract was settled at a rollover of $310/tonne CFR (cost and freight) but in May with the market appearing more firm producer Yara settled higher at $320/tonne CFR.
But that uptick reversed course in June as the monthly loadings were settled lowered at $315/tonne CFR, down $5/tonne from May.
Despite the recent retreat in crop prices there is still thought that demand for fall applications will be strong, especially in areas where there has been excessive rains during the season or where there has been continuous plantings of corn.
As the quarter closed buying was generally diminished in the domestic markets as growers are primarily focused on crop growth and putting into the ground their secondary applications of nitrogen volumes.
It is expected sizeable fill interest will not emerge until late summer, early fall and will be influenced by the outcome of the crop harvesting.
The US weekly ammonia report covers spot prices for the US Gulf (USG). A particular interest is the benchmark Tampa price for ammonia, which sets the tone for all US ammonia transactions.
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