Fertilizer use increasing rapidly in Western Canada

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Rising Prairie grain production has seen steady increase in the use of nitrogen, phosphate and potash over the past 10 years, says provincial market analyst Ryan Furtas.

Nitrogen use in Western Canada has gone from 1.66 million tonnes a decade ago to 2.28 million tonnes in the 2019-20 crop year — an annual increase of nearly four per cent. Western Canada accounts for 85 per cent of nitrogen fertilizer use in the country, said Furtas.

Although the amounts are smaller, phosphate use has risen by six per cent annually (to 919,000 tonnes from 541,000 tonnes a decade ago) and potash by nearly seven per cent (to 227,000 tonnes from 129,000 tonnes).

Fertilizer use in Western Canada is increasing at a much higher rate than in Eastern Canada, Furtas noted.

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