Burden to Fall on Nebraska Farmers with Rising Fertilizer Prices

Jan. 17, 2022, 7 a.m. ·

White anhydrous ammonia tanks
Anhydrous ammonia is the cheapest form of nitrogen fertilizer on the market. (Photo by Abby Wendle, Harvest Public Media)

A report from Texas A&M University predicts fertilizer prices will rise as much as 80 percent next year. Fertilizer costs are already at record highs.

Kelly Brunkhorst is the executive director at the Nebraska Corn Board. He said the corn board has been worried more price increases were on the horizon.

“They are continuing to skyrocket and puts a burden upon farmers and ranchers across the state and across the nation,” Brunkhorst said.

Brunkhorst said many factors are driving up prices. Some companies are attempting to impose a tariff on overseas imports of nitrogen, a key ingredient in many fertilizers.

A fertilizer called anhydrous ammonia increased by nearly $700 per ton last year, according to the Texas A&M report.