Potash = Potassium

Potassium chloride (Muriate of potash)     (KCl; 0-0-60)

Potassium sulfate (Sulfate of potash)    (K2SO4; 0-0-50-18S)

Potassium-magnesium sulfate     (K2SO4-2MgSO4; 0-0-22-22S-11Mg)

Potassium thiosulfate     (K2S2O3; 0-0-25-17S)

Potassium nitrate     (KNO3; 13-0-44)

The potassium in all these fertilizers is identical and this nutrient will be rapidly available to the plant regardless of the source. The primary difference is in the companion nutrients that come along with potassium. (link for a primer)

The world’s largest producer of fertilizer potassium is the Canadian company, Nutrien, Ltd. Russia is the second largest producer and Belarus is third. Russia and Belarus account for more than 40% of global potash exports. Their potash is less expensive to produce than Canadian or American potash. A lot of American potash (potassium) is extracted from salts in the Great Salt Lake (Utah). Because the cost of potash has gone up, the Canadians have increased their production from 1 million tons per year to about 15 million tons to maximize their shareholder’s profit as they try not to let a good crisis go to waste.

Compared to September 2020 prices, ammonia has increased over 210%, liquid nitrogen has increased over 159%, urea (carbamide, the diamide of carbonic acid. Its formula is H2NCONH2.) is up 155%, MAP (monoammonium phosphate) has increased 125%, while DAP (diammonium phosphate) is up over 100% and potash has risen above 134% and it will go higher.

There are Canadian and American companies that stand to make a significant profit (Mosaic and Nutrien) from their own production of potash. I don’t know that there will be scarcity in the US and Canada but the cost increases will result in food prices doubling or more. Worldwide, and in Europe, the situation is more dire since they relied heavily on the supply from Russia and Belarus.

The US has used its considerable influence over Lithuania to prevent the export of potash from the Port of Klaipėda. There is no embargo on potash, but it hasn’t been reaching the ships, so the world supply has been choked off.

The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum will take place in a couple of weeks (June 15-22) and among the participants in the forum,  there will be about 200 US and Canadian companies. The log jam on fertilizer coming from Russia will be broken at this conference and sure, it will mean that you may pay $10.00 for a loaf of bread and $30 for a chicken but once the price is high enough, everything can be worked out.


India’s Energy Strategy

India is buying up cheap sanctioned Russian oil, refining it, then selling it to the US and EU for huge profits, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

The Brandon Administration has reluctantly given India permission to buy Russian oil because India has threatened to ditch their alliance with America and ally with China if the US dares to sanction them. 10% to the Big Guy? It’s a wicked game, isn’t it?




  1. In the late 70’s after my Army hitch, I returned to Sierra J. C. in Rocklin, CA for a third year. (Hey, at least I knew where the restrooms were). My first semester I took a soils class. It was the best such class I ever attended. The instructor was very down to earth and real world oriented. He put together his own syllabus, about a quarter inch thick, and provided copies for each student. I still have mine.

    • It is good to know what makes things grow, how things grow, and how the economics of farming actually work. It should be taught beginning in higher elementary school grades – and through high school, with students having an opportunity to grow things that they eat. I think that it happens in isolated schools and clearly in farming communities, but it needs to be universal.

  2. It’s all play to wreck food sources (4 processing plants don’t just catch fire). The Ukraine “small incursion” is a smokescreen…kill food production here and abroad and you keep people under control. Same as the Demonic CDC saying to wear a mask to protect from monkeypox, a fluid-based homosexual contact transmission infection. Yet how many will do it? See anyone with a mask requires a wide berth to avoid catching their brand of stupid.

    So, how is allowing India to buy Russian oil then sell it back to us not a treasonous act?

    Add to that the open border where 6K of mostly men (all tidy and well fed for such a long trek across the Godforsaken) demanding entry into the US, saying FJB authorized their access, also not an instantaneous treasonous act?

    Nearly everyone on Capitol Hill is bought and paid for and their incompetence to do what’s right in supporting our Constitution is forcing a tipping point if nothing changes.

    • There isn’t a lot that the inside-beltway crowd do these days, that isn’t treason.

      Most folks don’t seem to care much.

      People like us are the grumpy exceptions.


  3. Urea is the prime ingredient in Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF). All Diesel vehicles since 2007 need DEF to run. All products in stores are delivered by Diesel trucks.

    • I am to the point now where I keep three containers (2.5 gal each) of DEF in stock and when I use one I replenish it. Just need to use the oldest first, kinda like canned goods. Thankfully my tractor is 2006 and I don’t have to worry about DEF or regeneration cycles etc.

  4. All the things that are going wrong (fertilizer shortages, gas and food prices, problems at food processing plants and baby formula manufacturing facilities) at once certainly appear to be centrally orchestrated. Trying hard not to be a conspiracy theorist but I wonder who is actually running this debacle.

    On the other hand it could be just a series of amazing coincidences. The chances that all these are a coincidence is decreasing daily with each new shortage.

  5. My google-fu is weak today, and I have tun run my dad to the dentist, so…

    I remember (one of the hazards of age and eclectic reading) that Canada and the US (really one of the states militias) nearly went to war in the early 1800s? Over potash deposits in Canada used by US farmers (Vermont?)

    My search only brought up the potash war in California which I believe you covered in a post last year.

    Potash, in the overall scheme of things, is probably more valuable than gold when governments face food riots.

    As Thomas Jefferson said, “Any society is but three meals from revolution”.

  6. This whole disaster is too well planned, and has too many “coincidents” ocurring at the same time.

    Once is Random

    Twice is Coincidence

    Three times (OR MORE) is Enemy Action.

    Anybody who doesn’t believe we’re under attack has their head in the sand.

    Or up their ass…….

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