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Fertilizer sales stabilize in ND after waiver

An anhydrous ammonia nurse tank is seen at CHS Southwest Grain east of Taylor, N.D., this 2016 file photo. Forum News Service

MINOT, N.D. -- Significant headway with spring planting is helping to ease an anhydrous ammonia shortage that's inconvenienced area farmers, fertilizer dealers say.

Anhydrous suppliers have had difficulty keeping up with a demand that's been heavier than usual because of the late spring, which led to farmers from multiple states getting into the field at the same time. Anhydrous truckers typically move north as seeding wraps up farther south, but this spring, farmers in six states were going at once, overwhelming the haulers, said Darrell Schieve, plant manager at Dakota Agronomy in Minot.

Schieve said the run on anhydrous ammonia is beginning to slow as spring seeding progresses. Barring rain, he said, seeding should be far enough along in the Minot area to relieve the pressure on supplies by the end of the week.

To help with fertilizer deliveries, Gov. Doug Burgum signed a temporary waiver about a week ago that eases restrictions on the number of hours commercial drivers can work without a break as they try to move product in a shorter time frame. The waiver remains in place through May 30.

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