Author Archives: Mike Rahm

About Mike Rahm

Rahm is vice president, market and strategic analysis at The Mosaic Co.

Fertilizer: Beyond The Demand Recovery

Outstanding demand prospects are the dominant feature of the crop nutrient outlook this year. The latest statistics from the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) indicate that global nutrient use not only has recovered from the large decline two years ago but now is solidly on a new growth trajectory. For example, global nitrogen (N), phosphate

Fertilizer: How Much Will Demand Rebound?

There is little doubt that crop nutrient demand will rebound this year following the unprecedented declines of 2008-09. The key question is: How much? The decline in crop nutrient demand last year exceeded even the most pessimistic forecasts a year ago. For example, the most recent estimates released by the International Fertilizer Industry Association last

Key Trends In 2008

Even the most grizzled veterans of the crop input industry will admit that they have never seen anything like the developments in grain and crop nutrient markets during the last 12 months. Prices of the main fertilizer products surged to record levels last year. Published spot prices of anhydrous ammonia, diammonium phosphate (DAP), and muriate

View From The Manufacturers

A Tale Of Two Years A year ago, U.S. growers were evaluating how many acres to switch from corn to soybeans due to low corn prices and record high nitrogen costs. Today, the corn market is screaming at growers to plant about 9 million more acres this spring than last year. A year ago, growers