“Couldn’t Come At A Worse Time": more fertilizer frustrations for producers
CF Industries says that Union Pacific’s effort to clear rail congestion will delay fertilizer shipments farmers need. UP is curtailing fertilizer shipments and preventing new rail orders from being taken for the foreseeable future.
CF Industries is one of 30 companies to face these restrictions. Urea, UAN, and diesel exhaust fluid will be the main products affected.
The company’s president, as well as their CEO, says that it could not come at a worse time, and additional fertilizer is needed to complete spring applications will not be able to reach farmers. That ultimately jeopardizes harvest and could increase the cost of food.
Meanwhile, the country’s largest ag coop is bracing for long-term fertilizer impacts put on by the Ukrainian war.
CHS tells Brownfield Ag News though most areas are in good shape for fertilizer coming into spring, global production will be limited at least for the duration of the war. Farmers are now questioning what the picture looks like moving forward, but one certainty is that supplies will be challenged.