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Potash: Market overview
After a slow start to the year, an end to persistent winter weather will see increased demand, as farmers return to the fields. Producers and buyers alike are expecting a lack of availability to put upward pressure on prices, even as buyers return to refill their stores with each subsequent application. Global potential capacity is still at an oversupply, but production control and the pursuit of good margins has kept supply steady, if short - a situation likely to continue throughout Q2.
Availability in Asia was tight throughout Q1, and this situation will likely continue into Q2. A lack of available tonnage and high fuel costs are likely to continue to prevent easy trade, and many buyers may struggle to secure cargoes on a prompt basis as a result.
The India and China contract prices are expected to settle at an increase, thanks to prevailing market conditions, and Southeast Asian buyers are likely wary that these two key importers may consume a large quantity of available product, and will look to stock-up ahead of any agreement.
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MOP’s counterpart, sulphate of potash (SOP), is a premium fertilizer with a chlorine content below that of MOP; ideally suited to small crop/high return plants and vegetables such as strawberries and grapes.
Muriate of potash (MOP), is the world’s most commonly-used potassium chloride-based fertilizer; ideally suited to a variety of crops including sugar beet, celery, and other chloride-loving vegetables, thanks to its chloride content.
More than 55m tonnes of MOP is sold every year, and production is set to increase considerably in the short term.
Sulphate of potash (SOP) is not a naturally occurring fertilizer, requiring production at specialised facilities, and demanding a price premium over the far-more-common MOP.
SOP offers crops a high percentage of potassium and sulphur - key nutrients for quality and yield. SOP also makes plants more resilient to drought, frost, insects, and disease.
SOP is typically used on high-value crops such as fruit, nuts, tea and coffee, and tobacco.