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Fertilizer Prices Climbing Significantly

Last updated on Tuesday, June 3, 2008

(UNDATED) - The soaring price of fertilizer is forcing farmers to switch crops, cut back on fertilizer or search for manure as a substitute for chemical fertilizer.

The price increase means the cost of fertilizing an acre of average-yield U.S. corn rose from about $30 to $160.

Hammelman Nitrate is a small, independent fertilizer retailer in the town of Edwardsport in Southwestern Indiana.

The business' owner says he lost a few sales last winter because he couldn't get supplies quickly enough for some of his customers.

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