By Roger Chesher

PRICE rises in the Irish Republic are the lowest in Europe and Northern Irelands are the second lowest.

Despite this, the 20-30 rise (in UK or Irish pounds) from last season has conspired with the absence of manufacturers credit to kill any early movement of fertiliser this season.

Early movement in Ireland is, however, somewhat artificial as it is usually into merchants stores.

Farm movement will not take place until March so prices currently quoted are still rather artificial.

Urea, when imported into the Province, could well be in excess of 150/t on-farm as the price of new cargoes is currently rocketing.

The on-farm price of 125/t for nitrogen in N Ireland equates to 166/t for AN in Britain, because CAN contains 26%N and 34.5% ammonium nitrate.

World prices of AN are shooting up, mirroring last weeks hike in urea prices.

This makes imports in the UK seem a good buy. Replacements for these stocks look to be inevitably higher.

Gas prices are to blame, so high in the USA apparently that home manufacturers cannot compete with imports and are closing their production.

Imports are therefore flooding into the States, giving rise to price increases globally.

Unplanted acres this appalling autumn have not only given rise to an estimated shortfall in demand of 100,000t of nitrogen for the spring, possibly holding the price down a little, but have also resulted in an excess of 0.24.24. and similar products on the market at keen prices.

These could present a useful opportunity for both grass and arable farmers.


New-season nitrogen (SP5) 34.5% Anticipated spring price nitrogen Imported urea (if available) Imported AN (new season) Blended 20.10.10 and 25.0.16 Blended 25.5.5 Liquid nitrogen, 37kg/100l or 29.6% N/t
January 130 February 132
March 134
Granular 140-144
Prilled 130
118-120 (March)
118-120 115-118 No market
NPK January, pay cash February, pay cash April, pay cash (forecast)
Complex 25.5.5 126 128 134
27N30S 132 134
20.10.10/29.5.5 129 131 137
17.17.17 146 148 152
After-cut NK cash 0.24.24 TSP (47% P2O5) Muriate of Potash (60% K2O)
No market 114-116 126 115



  Imported urea




Complex compounds

Northern Ireland Not available 120-125 140-150 No market 150



Urea, imported


Republic of Ireland* 150 185 Not available 182

*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=UK80.06p; US$1=UK67.02p on 10 January


    Note All illustrated prices are based on 20-tonne loads for immediate payment. Prices for smaller loads and those with credit terms will vary considerably.

    Source: Bridgewater Partnership