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Fertiliser woes could prompt French farmers to switch grain crops

Reference: Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) - Surging prices and tight supply of fertilisers have swelled grain farmers’ costs and could prompt some to switch from maize to less fertiliser-reliant crops next spring, farm office FranceAgriMer said on Wednesday.

Prices of natural gas, a key input for nitrogen-based fertilisers, have risen sharply around the globe against a backdrop of post-pandemic demand increases, low inventories and tighter than usual gas supplies from Russia. [NG/GB]

That has sent fertiliser prices soaring and also curtailed supply as some manufacturers struggle to contend with mounting gas costs.

“The real worry is availability. We already have some supply problems today and, whatever the price, there is no guarantee that we will have some in the spring,” said farmer Benoit Pietrement, who is also head of FranceAgriMer’s grain committee... Read More