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Kamil Cupiał

17 Jan 2023


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Fertilizer prices

Fertilizers are used to provide plants with the nutrients needed for proper development and growth. Since fertilizer prices can have a significant impact on the profitability of agricultural production, it is important for farmers and growers to understand the factors that shape them.

Fertilizer prices - why do they change throughout the year?

One of the more popular fertilizers is polyphoska 6, its price is one of the most important factors affecting the cost of agricultural production.

Fertilizer prices fluctuate for many reasons, although the primary one is undoubtedly seasonality. Throughout the year, the demand for fertilizer varies depending on the crop season. During spring, that is, at the beginning of the season, when farmers prepare for sowing, demand tends to be highest, which translates into higher prices. During the growing season, prices tend to fall. This is due to the reduced interest of farmers in purchasing particular fertilizers.

Seasonality vs. supply

Seasonality also affects the supply of fertilizer. During busy periods for farmers, fertilizer producers may not have enough product to meet growing demand, leading to higher prices. Conversely, during the growing season, fertilizer supply is higher when crops are already being grown, resulting in lower prices.

Plan your purchases in advance

Farmers should be aware of seasonality and plan their purchases in such a way as to avoid paying too high prices. By deciding to buy fertilizer in the winter, you can save money and use it for other agricultural needs.

Factors affecting fertilizer prices

Difficulties with the availability of fertilizer at attractive prices are caused not only by the time of year you intend to buy it. Fertilizer price fluctuations are also due to:

  • Exchange rate - although the Azoty Group is a strong player in the Polish market, many fertilizers are still imported from various countries, which means that their price is dependent on the exchange rate. A drop in the value of the zloty can therefore result in higher prices for individual nitrogen fertilizers;
  • Costs of raw materials - multi-component fertilizers, as the name suggests, consist of several raw materials. An increase in their prices, directly translates into the cost of purchasing fertilizer;
  • Climate volatility - agriculture is an industry whose operations are heavily dependent on the weather. Variable weather conditions and natural disasters, such as droughts and floods, can have a negative impact on crop yields and increase the demand for fertilizers, which is also one of the elements affecting fertilizer prices;
  • Competition - the price of any product is highly dependent on the number of companies offering the same solutions. In the case of fertilizer prices, it is similar, the more companies lower the prices of their products, the overall rates in the market will decrease;
  • Government policy - although it would seem that it should not have a major impact on agriculture, the introduction of tariffs, duties or special programs affects how the price of max and min fertilizers is shaped.

Where is the cheapest place to buy fertilizer?

When buying fertilizer, everyone wants to get the best value for money for the product. It is not without reason that one often encounters advertisements where fertilizers are sought at competitive prices.

Online stores

More and more fertilizer stores are moving to the Internet. This allows companies to reduce the cost of doing business and thus offer lower, competitive prices. Buyers, in turn, can compare them while learning about reviews of different products, allowing them to choose the best deal. In addition, by clicking on the subscribe button, you will receive newsletters and learn about attractive promotions before others;


This source appears to be one offering the most favorable prices. Undoubtedly, when buying fertilizer from a wholesaler, farmers can expect lower prices than in retail stores. This solution usually only offers the purchase of larger quantities of the product;


In some cases, it is possible to purchase directly from the manufacturer. Farmers can communicate directly with the manufacturer to get the best price for fertilizer with delivery to the address indicated;

Online classifieds

A place that continues to be popular are various types of online auctions. They feature offers to sell fertilizer at bargain prices. In addition, farmers can take part in auctions to get fertilizer even cheaper.

How to choose the right product for fertilizing farmland?

Agriculture requires the use of appropriate products to achieve high yields. Fertilizing farmland is therefore one of the most important tasks facing farmers.

Check soil composition

Soil composition analysis will allow you to determine what nutrients are already present and what are missing. You will find out if your crops need urea, sulfate or enriched superphosphate.

Determine the crop of the plant

Not every fertilizer is suitable for every species of plant, so it is important to select it according to the needs of each crop

Evaluate the chemical composition

Before buying multi-nutrient fertilizers, it's a good idea to analyze the chemical composition of the product to make sure it contains the right proportions of nutrients needed by plants.

Differences between fertilizers

Fertilizers are products that give access to the proper development of plants and achieve high yields. Farmers can choose from different types of fertilizers, which differ in chemical composition and purpose. Although all-purpose fertilizers seem to be an excellent compromise on the market, there are much more valuable solutions available.

Mineral or organic fertilizers?

Mineral fertilizers are produced on the basis of mineral substances and are rapidly soluble in water, so that the time in which plants will take them up is relatively short. They are used to make up for mineral deficiencies in the soil.

Organic fertilizers, on the other hand, are made from organic materials such as manure, compost, or fertilizers made from animal feces. They are more slowly soluble in water, but their chemical composition is richer.

Is it worth opting for cheaper alternatives?

The price of fertilizer is often a decisive parameter when buying them. Cheaper alternatives reduce production costs, but they are not always the best choice.

Analyses of cheaper fertilizers show that these have lower nutrient content, which can lead to poorer yields. Their deficiencies in the soil can be difficult to replenish, which can lead to lower plant quality and lower yields. In addition, they decompose much faster, leading to the need to apply them more frequently.


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