By Roger Chesher

ALTHOUGH the mid-season grass fertiliser market is drawing to a close, the early nitrogen and sulphur market is in full swing, with the autumn PK market just getting under way.

With granular compounds being aggressively priced in the grass market, the differential between these and blends has dropped to about 5/t.

Hydros new marketing policy, based on a number of regional outlets, has resulted in a wider variation of regional pricing, with the south west of England having the most competitive grassland products at present.

Sales of both nitrogen and sulphur have been very buoyant in the early farm storage market with manufacturers busier than they have been for many months.

Manufacturers prices have held up, but many merchants have operated at cut-throat margins in their bid for market share.

A price for September has yet to be announced, but an additional 2/t is anticipated. But if sales continue to be strong right up to harvest, the September rise could be even greater.

In anticipation of the natural harvest lull, little, if any, ammonium nitrate is coming into the country.

But sales of granular urea have been active, with some as low as 115/t. Replacement stocks from Malaysia and Bangladesh will now be around 120/t.

De-stocking of stored imported AN along the East Coast continues at aggressive prices.

Phosphate levels are firmer due to strong demand in North Africa, although PK products continue to hover around 112/t.

Expect to pay an additional 10 for the inclusion of five units of nitrogen.


New-season nitrogen (SP5) 34.5% September domestic nitrogen Imported urea (if available) 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
94-98 delivered
113-115 107-113 Prices imminent
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
118 110-114 125 122


Forecast spring 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=UK78.19p; US$1=UK69.83p on 1 August


    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