Given that superphosphate is in limited supply, how will Australian farms operate without it and are there plans to adapt?

Question

Given that superphosphate is in limited supply, how will Australian farms operate without it and are there plans to adapt?

Answer

While there isn't a limited supply of superphosphate (fertiliser) at the moment, prices have been increasing and the approaches farmers are taking to the issue varies.

While there isn’t a limited supply of superphosphate (fertiliser) at the moment, prices have been increasing and the approaches farmers are taking to the issue varies. Some farmers are deciding to buy the same amounts of fertiliser as used in previous years at higher prices, others are deciding to use superphosphate more sparingly so the reduced costs match the expected yields and others are deciding to simply not sow crops in some paddocks due to the prohibitive costs, unreliable weather and risk. Some farmers will also opt to use alternative fertilisers such as manure.

Farmer: Jason Mellings - Carron

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