SIOUX CITY, Iowa — The latest supply chain shortage can be compared to the toilet paper shortage of 2020, but this time it could affect farms and your lawn.
The export ban in Russia threatens to reduce fertilizer supplies across the world, as growing season is just around the corner.
Russia is one of the top five fertilizer producers in the world, along with the United States.
Many farmers started to see prices increase last fall in Siouxland.
"Lots of people right now, wanting to make sure they get fertilizer, they wanted it last fall. This spring? They want it even more," said Dr. Chad Hart, a Professor of Ag Resource Economics at Iowa State University.
Dr. Hart says this has a snowball effect when it comes to individual households.
Many nations are not supporting Russia and are pulling operations out of the country due to its invasion of Ukraine.
These prices being on the rise are not a surprise.
Costs have crept up ever so slightly since the fall.
"Crop prices move higher, food prices move higher, fuel prices move higher, consumer good prices move higher," said Dr. Hart. "Everything is having to go higher to reflect these issues."
According to Grow Intelligence, prices for some fertilizers have jumped and continue to be forecasted to jump 13% - 32% since the Russian invasion began.
Some farmers are even doing daily soil tests ahead of planting.
"They're checking to see what nutrition is still available in the soil and only trying to add the additional amount that the crops are going to need," Hart said.
Sioux City fertilizer and lawn care business, Sharp Lawn Care, purchases fertilizer in the U.S.
Due to the global supply chain, the people at that business say they've felt the increase of those prices locally.
"Since the fall of last year, we've seen an average of 40% increase in fertilizer costs," said Lance Britton, President at Sharp Lawn Care, Inc.
Lawn fertilizer season starts next week.
"We try to provide the best quality products that we can to our clients, when they squeeze us we have very few options," Britton said.
Businesses are doing what they can to be more efficient to help keep costs down.
"We've increased our training a lot actually, about doubled our efforts on training, to make sure we're being as efficient as possible to make sure we're not wasting anything," Britton said.
Dr. Hart says cow manure is another alternative for farmers looking to enhance their soil, but those prices are increasing, as well.
You can learn more from the lastest USDA reports.