Thursday, April 22, 2021

Herbicides supplies are tight

Retailers in the mid-west United States are warning farmers that herbicides such as glyphosate are in short supply and prices are rising by about 20 per cent.

They are even advising farmers who have pre-ordered herbicides to pick them up lest they are snapped up by others.

“My retailers say while they have most of the glyphosate needed in-house, replacement product is very hard to get, and they’re taking care of prepaid customers first,” said Ken Ferrie, owner of Crop-Tech Consulting, Heyworth, Ill.

Bob Hartzler, Iowa State University Extension weed specialist, also told Farm Journal reporter Rhonda Brooks that he is aware of shortages.

A retailer in Missouri said both branded and generic glyphosate prices have gone up about 20 per cent and many retailers are on allocation and currently unable to secure any additional supply of the generic herbicide.

Ferrie’s advice to farmers: “If you have prepaid for glyphosate, you need to call and take possession of it.”

That’s likely true for a number of other crop protection products this spring, according to Larry Steckel, University of Tennessee Extension weed specialist.

“My understanding is that a lot of other popular herbicides have been allocated and could be short at times this spring like Liberty, Anthem Maxx, Zidua, generic fomesafen, just to name a few, he wrote in an article.