Issue No. 43 - Winter 2005

Can we afford 50$ nitrogen? Or can we afford not to use 50$ nitrogen? How can we find out?

The rising cost of natural gas has many producers fearful of what nitrogen could cost by spring. So what does a producer do? This past season’s tremendous crop growth has most producers feeling that the soil’s fertility pool is completely depleted. Neither are heaps of poor quality grain and disappointing grain prices adding any optimism for next year. Add to this the news that El Nino is building once again (a reminder of previous dry seasons across the prairies), and you don’t get a very rosy picture for the next crop year.

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