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Fertilizer Rush is On


While the rain has slowed planting for at least a few days--this spring has been one of the busiest for both farmers and fertilizer dealers.
Everyone getting to the field at the same time has dealers scrambling for fertilizer.
Ag Reporter Sarah Gustin has the story.

(Clem Nelson / Mandan Fertilizer Company) "It's probably not the busiest spring, but it's probably the most compacted."
At Mandan Fertilizer and across the state dealers like Clem Nelson are scrambling for product.
(Clem Nelson / Mandan Fertilizer Company) "So far it's been ok, there were times  was out, but its just because trucks are sitting in line too long."
Agronomist Kyle Westgard at Missouri Valley Ag in Sterling says 4 spreaders have been going steady since the end of April and they are still a week to 10 days behind schedule.
(Kyle Westgard / Missouri Valley Ag) "I think these farmers are getting bigger and bigger and covering more acres themselves, so it's hard of for us to stay ahead of everybody."
Westgard says they haven't run out of fertilizer yet, but it hasn't been easy to get.
(Kyle Westgard / Missouri Valley Ag) "It's getting short.  I think some places are running low or running out right now. There is a little bit of a wait to get it but it hasn't been bad yet. Things are getting tight now."
(Sarah Gustin / sgustin@kxnet.com) "Westgard says while supplies have been tight they have been able to take care of all their prepaid customers. He says that they are doing some buying to handle any in season purchases from farmers."
Now companies are hopeful to use this wet time to play catch up and refill the tanks.

Nelson doesn't expect fertilizer prices to rise because of the short supply.
He is expecting prices will remain steady through the season.


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