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Fertilizer Usage Is Being Pummeled by Europe’s Energy Crisis

  • Global fertilizer use could plunge 7% next season, IFA says
  • About 25% of Europe’s nitrogen capacity is curtailed: CRU
Workers inspect piles of phosphate fertilizer granules in a storage warehouse.

Workers inspect piles of phosphate fertilizer granules in a storage warehouse.

Source: Bloomberg

The energy crunch throttling Europe’s fertilizer output is threatening to force the world’s farmers to use even less of the nutrients crucial for growing food.

Soaring prices of gas, a key feedstock, have already curtailed a quarter of Europe’s nitrogen fertilizer capacity, CRU Group estimates. Now, worries are mounting that the crisis will worsen. For Europe, that could mean even less production and more dependence on imports of ammonia, from which nitrogen products are made.