The impact of war fertilizers in Ukraine, the first American supplier to Russia

Ahead of the spring planting season, the war in Ukraine drove fertilizer prices to a record high. At David Morris Farms in Hartland, they are feeling the impact.

There are about 900 acres of land on the farm, from corn to soybeans, and the crops need fertilizer. When you combine the price of fertilizer with gas prices and labor costs, the landlord says there is a Domino effect.

“It’s like a roller coaster,” said Jim Renn. “Some days you feel like banging your head against a wall.”

The war in Ukraine leaves farmers in the dust. Renn says that because Russia is the top supplier of fertilizer to the United States, prices will be at least three times higher for farmers.

“My cost this year will be just short if $900 per ton, whereas last year it was $220 per ton,” Renn said.

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Renn says his corn will be the most affected because he uses the most fertilizer, but his soybeans, wheat and hay will also be affected.

“We’re lucky that some of our soil has manure, which is a natural product that we can use,” Renn said.

This is a growing concern that will also impact consumers. Farmers hope their prices will remain competitive.

“We have to keep going and hope that prices, in our case, will go up so that we can get value back on our product,” Renn said.

Renn says they have to bite the bullet and the budget. He said they would get their fertilizer this spring.

Russia has banned the export of more than 200 products.

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