If you have some fertilizing to do this spring, be prepared to pay a lot for it thanks to the pandemic and supply chain issues.

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Fertilizer Shortage

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One of my best friends owns his own lawn fertilizing business and last spring he popped up to do some fishing. While we were fishing he brought up a fertilizer shortage and I said, "Hey, I just bought some fertilizer and the price seemed about the same," then he replied, "You better go back and get some for next year because there will be a shortage."

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This is one time I really should have taken my friend's advice.  The shortage he was talking about is for real.

He buys his fertilizer direct from the supplier to save money and bought almost two years' worth of fertilizer in planning for the shortage. Not everyone can afford to do that but he'll save a ton of money since prices have now gone through the roof.

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Who Will be Affected by Fertilizer Shortage?

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Naturally, farmers will be hit hard by the fertilizer shortage seeing how they have to take care of 100s if not 1000s of acres. This will eventually trickle down to the price of crops going up as well as the price of groceries and other things made from farmed crops.

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If you garden, take care of your lawn and you don't like weeds and dandelions you will also be affected by the fertilizer price hike.

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Landscapers will also be hit hard with fertilizer costs unless they were smart like my buddy and were able to purchase their products for the season way in advance.

How Much Has Fertilizer Gone Up?

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According to FOX 17, fertilizer has more than doubled in the last two years. Supply chain issues have been a factor as well as the war in Ukraine. Labor has also been sourced for prices going up.

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