Table 18. Comparison Of Nitrogen Fertilizers

CharacteristicsFertilizer Value, $/ton1
% NitrogenEnergy Index, gal/tonC/N RatioNitrogenPhosphate & PotashEnergyTotalTypical Cost, $/ton2
Organic Fertilizers
Fresh manure
Cow0.52018$3$2$21$26$5
Horse0.62522$4$3$26$33
Pig0.61814$4$3$19$26
Sheep1.03216$6$5$33$44
Poultry
Cage layer1.5207$9$7$21$37$7
Broiler1.36425$8$6$66$80
Compost1.24017$8$12$41$61
Hay
Legume2.57816$16$9$80$105
Nonlegume1.258132$8$9$83$100$62
Seed cake, castor pomace5.6888$35$14$91$140
Ground meal
Blood meal13853$82$15$88$184$2000
Seed meals6837$38$14$86$138
Cottonseed meal420
Soybean meal300
Alfalfa pellets2.78215$16$12$86$114$244
Tankage6.5857$41$71$88$199
Fish meal, 9-3-09804$57$15$82$154$640
Nitro-1010854$63$88$150$480
Fertrell Super N, 4-2-44≤ 50≥6$25$23≤ $52≤ $100$360
Inorganic Fertilizers
Urea (organic, synthetic)43$13.50$13.50$13.50
Sodium nitrate
16-0-016$5.02$5.02
15-0-1415$4.71$2.34$7.05
Ammonium nitrate33$10.36$10.36
Ammonium sulfate20$6.28$6.28

1Nitrogen is valued at $0.31/lb, phosphate at $0.25/lb, potash at $0.17/lb and energy at $1.03/gal for #2 fuel oil.   [return to top]

2Costs are based on the following prices: hay, $1.25/40 lb bale; blood meal, $25/25 lb bag; cottonseed meal, $10.50/50 lb bag; soybean meal, $14.80/100 lb bag; fish meal, $16/50 lb bag; Nitro-10, $12/50 lb bag; Fertrell Super N, $9/50 lb bag; urea, $10.80/80 lb bag; 0-46-0, $9/80 lb bag; 0-0-60, $8/80 lb bag; alfalfa pellets, $6.10/50 lb bag.   [return to top]

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