The International Fertilizer Industry Association reported in November 2001 that nitrogen fertilizer consumption in North America fell off slightly in 2000 (12.85 million tons) from the previous year high of 12.92 million tons. However, 2000 consumption represented a normal year's in comparison to the previous five years. The price of natural gas, the raw material for making ammonia and urea, doubled in 2001. This trend is expected to continue. This cost increase will probably be passed on to end-users. However, because of demand for nitrogen products in grounds care, end users will continue to maintain the consumption rate.

Source: Grounds Maintenance White Paper, www.grounds-mag.com.

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