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Farmers Feel Fertilizer, Chemical Supply Squeeze as Spring Planting Nears

As planting season nears, the ag input crisis is coming to a head. After a long fall and winter of struggling to find affordable and available fertilizer and pesticides, farmers must head to the field in the weeks to come, with or without the ingredients they need to grow their best possible crop.
"What a mess," lamented Dan Lakey, of southeast Idaho, who worked all fall to prepare for the forecast shortages, laying down fall fertilizer for the first time ever, and chasing down glyphosate supplies nearly a year in advance. But he still wishes he had been able to do more. "We are having a very hard time sourcing fertilizer this spring -- our local distributors won't even quote us a price."
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