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gil.gullickson
Veteran Contributor

Fertilizer availability in MN-Dakotas-WI

All,

I've read reports about Upper Midwest (MN-the Dakotas-WI) farmers having difficulty getting fertilizer shipments due to shortage of railcars. Have any of you folks up north had trouble getting fertilizer this spring?

Gil Gullickson

Crops Technology Editor

 

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hardwayfarmer
Veteran Contributor

Re: Fertilizer availability in MN-Dakotas-WI

Potash has been tight to completely unavailable in SW Michigan.  I've heard it blamed on the Great Lakes being frozen over so late that barges and ships couldn't get through and also on railroads hauling oil instead of fertilizer because they could make more money.

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Shaggy98
Senior Advisor

Re: Fertilizer availability in MN-Dakotas-WI

Money, we're going through all this crap for money?  Sure wish someone would have told me sooner cause I'd have changed a couple things.  Smiley Very Happy

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Blacksandfarmer
Senior Advisor

Re: Fertilizer availability in MN-Dakotas-WI

I have been hearing of fertilizer shortages north of me. Im on the Michigan/Indiana line. I had mine bought and paid for months ago, so no problems here. The rail car shortage is getting old, we cant eat oil.

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Shaggy98
Senior Advisor

Re: Fertilizer availability in MN-Dakotas-WI

Hey BSF, maybe we ought to give up farming and go into the railcar manufacturing business.  Then we could ship whatever the heck we wanted to.  

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Blacksandfarmer
Senior Advisor

Re: Fertilizer availability in MN-Dakotas-WI

LOL sounds like a plan Shaggy! We need to recruit Ken a.k.a ECIN as our sales manager, course then we would have to make sure we shipped things other than beer and nascars LOL!

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Danno067
Veteran Contributor

Re: Fertilizer availability in MN-Dakotas-WI

By the time we can get in the field in Wi. The shortage will be over.
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Shaggy98
Senior Advisor

Re: Fertilizer availability in MN-Dakotas-WI

An article about rail shipment of fertilizer I ran across on the DTN.

 

http://www.dtnprogressivefarmer.com/dtnag/common/link.do;jsessionid=14F6930938CDA3476D172ED4A5979E15...

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Husker-J
Senior Contributor

Re: Fertilizer availability in MN-Dakotas-WI

Not just there.  Here in NE, I was told that I could only get the Phos I had contracted, and no more.  They couldn't spare even an extra ton or two.

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