U.S. FERTILIZER EXPORTS STABILIZE

Fertilizer exports for the United States have begun to stabilize after their numbers fell just a few years back. According to The Fertilizer Institute, nitrogen (N), phosphorous (P) and potassium (K) are the three primary components of fertilizer and the United States is the second largest producer and consumer of fertilizer in the world.

The top five fertilizer-consuming states are Illinois, Iowa, Ohio, Texas and Indiana, and the fertilizer manufacturing industry is responsible for approximately 33,000 jobs in the United States. The U.S. nitrogen fertilizer industry operates production plants in 27 states, the phosphate fertilizer industry operates production plants in 12 states and potash is mined in Michigan, New Mexico and Utah.

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Source: The Fertilizer Institute

U.S. Fertilizer Exports
(Thousand short tons, years ending June 30)
Primary Plant Nutrients 2001/2002 2002/2003 2003/2004
Nitrogen 2,937 2,672 2,708
Phosphate 5,358 4,869 5,602
Potash 401 300 212
Total 8,696 7,841 8,522
Selected Fertilizer Materials
Anhydrous ammonia 699 576 486
Nitrogen solutions 39 38 41
Urea 1,097 996 810
Ammounium Nitrate 89 61 82
Ammounium Sulfate 714 1,028 912
Wet-process phosphoric acid 249 160 79
Diammonium phosphate 7,493 6,454 7,012
Monoammonium phosphate 2,459 2,676 3,755
Concentrated superphosphate 688 601 500
Phosphate rock 39 67 64
Potassium chloride 438 313 217
Potassium sulfate 202 170 118
Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census

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