Truck driver shortage compounding issues for fertilizer industry

Bottlenecks have the fertilizer industry concerned about deliveries. One supplier says that the trucking shortage is creating logistical challenges.

CHS is telling retailers to stock up as much as they can, to keep ahead. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack has acknowledged the lack of truckers. He says that USDA is working with the Department of Labor to create an apprenticeship program to issue commercial licenses quickly.

High fertilizer prices are making manure more valuable.

University of Minnesota Extension specialist, Melissa Wilson, says that it is still the best bang for the buck. That is because manure can be used in spots where you need the most nutrients, and you can balance out the rest with an application of fertilizer.

She says that farmers outsourcing their manure should ask for a nutrient analysis first.


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