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Fert prices, yikes!

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by CrabtreeLawn, Aug 24, 2008.

  1. CrabtreeLawn

    CrabtreeLawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    so lesco is increasing starter fert from about $13/bag to about $37/bag... just found out last week, if i calculated right that is a about a 300% increase? ( i admittedly dont know how to calculate that..) so now i gotta go back on some of the bids i gave earlier this year and increase. not really a problem as long as i still get what i need out of it but i still have a big bid to turn in this week and i have no idea what to price the preemeergent apps at. I've been using dimension + fert ( i think it is 19-3-6 for the first round...) does anyone have any idea or speculation on how much of an increase we should expect? Dimension was already like $27/bag, i guess its only the NPK thats going up, and not so much the chemical in it. but if it goes up 300% as well, then thats gonna make it about $80/bag!
    and yes, those are the per bag prices not counting any quantity discount...
  2. CrabtreeLawn

    CrabtreeLawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    sorry guys i see there are a number of threads on this, shoulda searched first...
  3. tremor

    tremor LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,476

    Fertilizer aside, Dimension tech is also going up. Early indications are 20%+ for the tech.
    If you paid $27 this spring then I'd budget $32 for next spring.
  4. gorknoids

    gorknoids LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 316

    Next election, find out what your candidate thinks about ethanol, and what he/she plans to do about this frigging disaster. The damage this crap has wrought on the national and global economies won't be known for years.......
  5. Marcos

    Marcos LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,720

    No better time to resurrect the famous words Joni Mitchell originally penned immidiately in the aftermath of the Woodstock Music & Art Festival:

    " ...it's time to get ourselves...back to the garden".
  6. Marcos

    Marcos LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,720

  7. olive123

    olive123 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 500

    ethanol is the biggest scam going...$1 corn to make $1 of fuel...
  8. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    I fully agree. And then,...take what I read in a god article a few weeks ago... Even though you pay a bit less "per gallon" at the pump for this stuff, you are not getting the mileage that you get with gasoline,...So, if you figure up the miles per dollar, just exactly how much are you really saving?
    On the first part of the conversation, we were talking at tour supplier, and it is being said that our $23 per bag price for medium analysis ferts (24-0-11, 32-0-8, etc.) could actually double next season. that will put us to $46 per bag.
  9. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
    Messages: 6,153

    I am not a big Ethanol fan...but it has very little to due with fertilizer prices increasing!

    It gets blamed for everything....but I can promise you that the fert prices have not gone up becasue of ethanol!

    Soybeans take off more P and K then a corn crop...so usuage hasn't changed.

    Corn does take more N, but again, being in a global market things haven't really changed much as far as usage compared to last year.

    I see corn acres going down next year due to input costs, and I think N, P and K will be at all time high's.

    Fertilizer and crop production are not tied together in anyway. This is a supply and demand market ONLY!
  10. cpa4t9r

    cpa4t9r LawnSite Member
    Messages: 124

    PCS and the other big potash/fertilizer producers announced a few months back that they contracted to sell a large block of next years production to China. The negotiated price was a 200% increase over last year!!! :dizzy:

    That's what is driving prices up - as previous poster mentioned - demand goes up, meets supply at price.

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