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What are some tips for locating agricultural fertilizer prices?

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Find tips for locating agricultural fertilizer prices at FarmFutures.com, a free weekly fertilizer review with price ranges and factors influencing prices and at FertilizerPricing.com, which provides pricing data and news for a fee. Find free tips at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's fertilizer use and price website.

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Farm Futures' weekly review provides price ranges for ammonia, urea, UAN, phosphates and potash. The review identifies price ranges for retail and wholesale markets. It also identifies influences on price such as flooding, international demand, domestic and international currency issues, and fertilizer company mergers and acquisitions.

For a fee, Green Markets provides global fertilizer market data, news and analysis. Forward-looking data models and cost curves are available for global nitrogen, DAP/MAP and potash supply and demand. In 2015, a one-time model costs $2,995; a one-year subscription with four updates costs $4,642. You can also obtain dealer reports, pricing trends and other news. In 2015, the subscription fees started at $2,995 per year.

For free, the USDA uses information from Agricultural Resource and Management Surveys and Agricultural Chemical Usage Data to provide fertilizer price data and indexes. The backward-looking information is updated regularly. As of 2015, the website had last been updated in 2013 and included data through 2012.

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