(Photo: chairman of Fertilizar, Jorge Bassi, shows how nutrients soils content have declined over time)
Buenos Aires, August 26th. Today, the NGO Fertilizar (that promotes the use of nutrients in crops) made another technical day to analyze the market situation, facing a new summer campaign.
Argentina comes from a fertilizers record use year, past 2018, when farmers applied 4.3 million tons of products in their farms. This year started with a strong demand to use in the wheat crops. “Until now, fertilizers demand for wheat increased 10%, 6 percentage points due to 6% increasing area and the remaining 4 percentage points due to higher doses”, chairman of Fetilizar, Jorge Bassi, told to eFarmNewsar.com
As we commented in recent posts, imports of fertilizers have increased this year, until collapsing the storage capacity of the ports. But some doubt about the purchase willing of the farmers emerged in the last few weeks. “The presidential primaries results opened a doubt margin about what farmers will do both in the corn and the soybean technology use. The pre-campaign sales of corn seed were good, but the coincidence of the primaries with a bearish market, stopped the inputs market”, Bassi stated.
Mr. Bassi exhibited maps showing that less than 60% of the nutrients exported in the corn grains are being replaced via fertilizers. “We are detecting that not only nitrogen and phosphorus are limiting nutrients, but also the zinc is. We determined in essays that when zinc is limiting, the applying of one kilogram of this nutrients increases the yield by 800 kilograms per hectare”, Bassi added.
The official also said that despite the fertilizers price volatility the relationship into respect the grain remains stable. “The goal is not to relax with the nutrition plan. In the wheat crops, we realized that fertilization is able to increase both the yield but also the protein content. In the corn crop we must understand that both nitrogen, phosphorus, sulfur and zinc are limiting nutrients if we used lower doses than recommended”, Bassi concluded.