When is the best time to buy phosphate fertilisers?

BioAg fertiliser

The correct answer is when soil tests reveal your P levels are too low.
But let’s talk about the supply of phosphate fertilisers to and within Australia. On the supply side of the industry we see wild fluctuations in demand depending on seasonal conditions and farmers’ terms of trade.

The 2012-13 summer and autumn fertiliser season was a particularly bad season for Australian fertiliser suppliers for a number of reasons: Global economic uncertainty; Australian political uncertainty; declining farmers’ terms of trade (with meat, wool and dairy prices all falling); a late autumn break in many areas and the list goes on.

So what will happen to Australian phosphate fertiliser prices this coming autumn?

From a global market perspective the Australian market can expect attractive phosphate fertiliser pricing because the international market is right on the bottom of its cycle.

This has occurred for a number of reasons and relates primarily to the state of the international DAP market.

Prices are depressed due to less demand from India where reduced Government subsidies, a reduction in the maximum retail pricing (set by the Indian government), and a free-fall in the Indian Rupee, have all contributed to lower prices to attract Indian buying.

At the same time increased capacity in Saudi Arabia, and China’s need to export has driven DAP prices down close to manufactured cost levels.

In short, this means that Phosphate fertiliser prices are likely to be at their most affordable this summer and autumn.

If you are looking to build soil P and in turn fertility levels this season, you can take advantage of the low fertiliser prices by buying now.

BioAgPhos, BioAg's unique phosphate fertiliser being manufactured in Geelong, Vic.BioAg’s BioAgPhos being manufactured at our quarry facility near Geelong, Victoria.

For building P fertility there is no better P product than BioAgPhos. Our customers find the economic reasons to use BioAgPhos are increased due to its ability to continue working for years after it was applied.

BioAg has developed a comprehensive range of blends based on BioAgPhos to meet most agronomic soil needs.  The list with analysis and pricing is provided below.

As has become a well received custom we are offering the combination of an early-bird incentive for prepayment in addition to a volume discount for BioAgPhos and BioAgPhos S10 (10% S as elemental sulphur).

The volume discount is 1% per 100 tonne ordered and paid for under the early bird arrangements, up to a 5% maximum discount for 500 tonne or more.

(Prices were for 2013 and have been removed).

At an average price of $350 per tonne the price per kilogram of Phosphorus is $2.92.  This is competitive when comparing with the P cost of water soluble fertilisers, SSP, MAP and DAP.

The key is to put the right amount of the right product in the right place at the right time to achieve short, medium and longer term production goals.

Your BioAg agronomist will assist you to develop a fertiliser strategy to maximize your short and long term production in the most cost effective package.

Once you’ve had BAP you don’t go back!

Michael Douglass