All sectors of the fertiliser market are flat at the moment, both in terms of price and volume.

Farmers are concentrating on harvest, to be followed by rapid drilling to avoid being caught in a poor weather trap like last year.

Even the PK market is slow, giving rise to speculation about the size of the PK “holiday” being taken by many farmers.

Although the consequences of occasionally missing out these nutrients could be slight on any individual farm, national sales statistics indicate that many farms may be going too far and putting yields at risk.

Nitrogen shipments are finding homes at 83/t c.i.f., that is in the ship at the dock, which translates to 100/t on farm for August. This price is expected to remain steady until October.

Gas prices are flat and nitrogen stocks are high in the USA. This means that imports will be available when the farm market picks up again.

The introduction of the domestic nitrogen price for September has been delayed, but a price rise, however modest, is still anticipated.


New-season nitrogen (SP5) 34.5% September domestic nitrogen Imported urea Imported AN Blended 20.10.10 and 25.0.16 Blended 25.5.5 Liquid nitrogen, 37kg/100l or 29.6% N/t
August 110-112 112-114 Granular 115-120 88 ex-dock
100 delivered
113-115 107-113 120
NPK August, pay cash NS products
Complex 25.5.5 112-118 110-112
15.15.20 No market
20.10.10/29.5.5 118-120
17.17.17 No market
After-cut NK cash 0.24.24 TSP (47% P2O5) bagged Muriate of Potash (60% K2O) bagged
118 112-114 125 122


Forecast prices





Complex compounds

Northern Ireland No market 110 130-135 No market 130



Urea, imported


Republic of Ireland* 140-145 175 No market 170-175

*Note in the Republic of Ireland nutrients are expressed as elements not oxides. Analyses will not be directly comparable with those used in the UK.

*Prices in the Republic are IR

  • IR1=UK79.59p; US$1=UK68.97p on 30 August


    Note All illustrated prices are based on 24-tonne loads for immediate payment. Prices for smaller loads and those with credit terms will vary considerably.

    Source: Bridgewater Partnership


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