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Gleadell Fertiliser Report

GrowHow and Yara are managing to maintain Ammonium Nitrate prices and are unlikely to release new season terms until the week of Cereals 2010, says Calum Findlay, Gleadell Agricultures fertiliser trader.

Importers and blenders are still de-stocking tonnages of AN and this can be bought at big discounts to national product.
All manufacturers everywhere are watching international Urea prices as a lack of demand and increased production mean values are continuing to drift downwards.
Granular Urea could prove to be more of a competitive threat this season to AN, with prices forecast to remain low over the JuneSeptember period, as new season AN terms will carry monthly increments meaning Urea will start to show a healthy advantage as we move in to the Autumn.
No doubt there will be an anti-urea campaign by manufacturers in the run up to Cereals; interestingly, farmers in Europe tend to have a fixed annual budget for expenditure on Nitrogen fertilisers and will buy whatever product is the most competitive. Some UK farmers are already converted to Urea and TAG trials results should perhaps persuade a few more over the next campaign to try this product, Mr Findlay adds.

1)  Prices quoted are indicative only at the time of going to press and subject to location and quality.
2)  Gleadell Agriculture cannot accept liability arising from errors or omissions in this publication.
3)  mln/t = million tonnes, mt = metric tonnes, kg/hl = kilogram per hectolitre, k/mt = thousand tonnes

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