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Posted on Jan 17, 2022 in Audio, Editorial, Featured, Your Texas Agriculture Minute




Fertilizer prices to likely increase at least 80% in 2022

By Gary Joiner

Texas farmers know the price of fertilizer is high.

A leading study group has put a sharp pencil to it and answered, “How high?”

The Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University says it now appears fertilizer prices will increase more than 80% for the 2022 planting season relative to last year.

The impacts of the price increase to growers are substantial. The Center says the largest whole-farm impact would fall on its representative feed grain farms. The impact on those farms is an average of $128,000 per farm. The Center says the largest per-acre impact would fall on its representative rice farms at $62.04 per acre.

There are also concerns that raising tariffs on nitrogen will create shortages and cause prices to increase even more for farmers.

A major U.S. nitrogen producer has petitioned the U.S. International Trade Commission to impose tariffs on nitrogen fertilizers imported from Trinidad and Tobago and Russia. The Commerce Department has released a preliminary finding recommending tariffs.

Texas farmers are facing the prospect of a huge increase in costs heading into the spring planting season.

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