USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) has released updated information on fertilizer use and price data.
The USDA-ERS report brings together 1960-2008 data on fertilizer consumption in the United States by plant nutrient and major selected product, as well as consumption of mixed fertilizers, secondary nutrients, and micronutrients. Share of crop area receiving fertilizer and fertilizer use per receiving acre, by nutrient, are presented for the major producing states for corn, cotton, soybeans, and wheat.
For example, the table “Estimated U.S. plant nutrient use by selected crops” shows that in 1964, 1,623,000 tons of nitrogen, 1,053,000 tons of phosphate, and 1,204, 000 tons of potash were used in corn. By comparison, in 2007 those figures were 5,714 tons of nitrogen, 2,066,000 tons of phosphate, and 2,279,000 tons of potash.
Additional data include fertilizer farm prices and indices of wholesale fertilizer price. To review the ERS information, visit www.ers.usda.gov/Data/FertilizerUse/
(Source: Agricultural Retailers Association)