Fertilizer prices skyrocket

Agriculture

I’m Clinton Griffiths with today’s AgDay Minute.

Farmers getting their fields ready to plant are having sticker shock as fertilizer prices are soaring. A farmer in central Iowa telling us that anhydrous ammonia prices shot up nearly 60-percent since last fall. in other places, prices almost doubling in just two months. Experts telling us it all comes down to supply and demand with a run-up in commodity prices and tight supplies.

The California avocado crop will be smaller this year. That’s according to the state’s avocado commission. They say compared to many parts of the country, California had a very mild fall and winter but there were some weather events including wind that impacted the very early season harvest. They are however expecting excellent quality for the rest of the season.

Experts are concerned foodservice demand may still be an issue in restaurants due to COVID-19. A company that provides services, analytics, and insight to the global higher education sector is out with its list of the best agriculture universities in the world. QS, ranks Wageningen University in the Netherlands as number one. the University of California-Davis comes in second, followed by Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Agro, Paris-Tech in France, and Cornell University comes in fifth. Iowa State, coming in at 14, followed by Purdue, and Texas A-and-M University.

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