North Dakota farmers experience fertilizer shortage

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“If the trains, if the rail doesn’t keep up you just have no choice but to run out,” said Dakota Agronomy Partners general manager Dan Sem. 

It’s not an issue of supply but rather transportation—- it’s just not keeping up with the demand of anhydrous ammonia.

“Anhydrous and really all fertilizers are really behind we had four states and two provinces get started farming on May 1st essentially– so you’ve got a back log of logistics when that happens,” said Sem . 

There’s just not enough truck drivers bringing in the product so many farmers need. 

“They can only work a certain amount of hours and you’ve got the farming world that’s basically out performing what the trucks can deliver to the sites,” said Sem. 

And this is forcing many to to shut down their farming….

“Well there’s a lot of frustration, being the entire region appears to be in the same fix it’s kind of hard for them to not be able to come in, drop their tanks off and have them filled the same day like we’ve done for years,” said tank site attendant Donald Hoffart. 

and all that’s left to do is wait…


“We’ve had over a 24 hour wait to get these trucks in,” said Sem. 

Nathalie Gomez reporting: “Fertilizer plant managers and retailers say they’ve never experienced a shortage to this degree before:”. 

“We’ve seen when you might be out of product for half a day or a day but not for a week or so at a time,” said Hoffart.

At this point it’s all about patience.

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