'Merely crazy' fertilizer prices demand better management

Smith, Ron
December 2010
Southwest Farm Press;12/16/2010, Vol. 37 Issue 24, p8
Trade Publication
The article reports on the rapid increase of prices for fertilizers in the U.S. According to Texas AgriLife Extension soil fertility specialist Mark McFarland, the increasing prices of fertilization is a result of energy costs, hurricanes, and changes in sourcing. Moreover, it suggests the need to manage the increasing fertilizer prices by improving soil testing procedures, sources, and types of nutrients.


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