Uniform NH4, NH3 Pricing
Soybeans, Corn, Milo, Sudan, Iron Chlorosis, Platte Valley Yellows.
 Potential for July NH3 Price drop, More soybeans indicated.
 Low $125 per Ton, New Orleans, High $450 per Ton Iowa

From the Corn Belt to the Pacific Coast.  
Producers, university specialists, economists, and scientists report the changing times. 
Producer reporting gets the news current.  

  • CRP interest is gaining, from 23 million back to 40 million acres it could easily happen to avoid an economic collapse. Set aside may be the first signal.
  • Export demand for American Beef to China is in the slow lane based on regulations. The Chinese are unwilling buyers.
  • Ethanol becomes much more competitive (GHG Emissions) over petroleum based hydro carbons. Higher priced oil is also helping as corn ethanol has a good price .
  • ANWR opening could drive a bigger supply of NH3 from Kenai, Alaska. Washington State NH3 production is getting closer to the 2020 deadline.
  • Existing CRP acres will go to pasture land as a simple solution to the economics in maintaining the breeding herd.  Producers with CRP in Southern Idaho regard CRP as good potential for grazing land.  
  • Wheat acres are dropping.  Hybrid wheat is not viable. Hybrid winter wheat has never been viable on the Great Plains and creates a problem rather than solves a problem. Winter Wheat has high erosion potential with 90% of the erosion coming from winter wheat. These soils are a good place for CRP.  
  • Hybrid Corn rotations are not maintaining growth and Exactrix says Less is More in VRT-Site Specific application of TAPPS and TAPPKTS.
  • Soybeans are looking the best with 20 million more acres potential with Iron Chlorosis and Platte Valley Yellows under control at the end of the decade.
  • Hybrid Winter Canola with SRS is a power play with a decade ending event of exponential growth.
  • Residue gasification has failed for now, lack of good technology or poor conversion values generated by or from Obama DOE.
  • Improved genetics winter and spring legumes are more attractive wherever wheat can be displaced. Spillman farm leads the way with ARS breeders.
  • German diesel engine producers are working hard to delete the DEF with dual fuel bio-diesel. A big impact on ammonia pricing is coming.

“There is most likely a supply glut of NH3 coming, when is the question.”

“ No-tillage application of nutrients remains the only long term solution to soil productivity.”  

Ben McClure, Kramer Seed, Certified Wheat Seed Producers, at Hugoton, KS reports, Changes in Nutrient costs.
Supporting prices for micro-nutrients, Guy Swanson.

December 2017 pricing.

NH3 pricing dropped to $300 per ton from another vendor.
Ben McClure took it immediately, He had an empty 18,000 gallon storage tank to take the entire transport load.
The Load had been sent out with bad delivery instructions.

NH3 transport direct to farm storage @ $385 .00 per ton. 23.4 cents per lb. of N.
Stranded Loads with on farm storage @ $300.00 per ton or 18.3 cents per lb. of N.

  • 10-34-0 @ $340 per ton.
  • Thio-Sulfate @ $250 per ton
  • KTS @ $670 per ton.
  • UPA Hugoton

Micro Nutrient Quotes for December 2017.

Iron Chlorosis Candidates.
Exactrix TAPPKTS-ZN with Tri-Flow injection of 5/6 chelation’s of Iron. 
Ferrilene at 3 to 4 gallons in VRT, Site Specific.
Scott City, KS Helena.
Hot Batch, Helena, $12 to $15 per gallon dependent on batch size.  

  • Ammoniated Zinc. $1.10 to 1.25 per lb.
  • Chelated Zinc, $4.50 to $5.50 per lb.
  • Manganese Sulfate,____________.
  • Merchant Grade Phosphoric Acid. 0-52-0_______.

Lowest delivered NH3 prices reported on the Great Plains for 2017.

July Delivery $220 per ton. 13.4 cents per lb. of N.
NOLA price $125 to $150 per ton, July. 

Inside the Kramer Seed/McClure document you will discover that an additional 12% to 15% margin has been going on for about 9 years.


You can review the attached Power Point presentation written by Ag Economist and Manager, Ben McClure.

Continuous Winter Wheat harvest at Lyons, KS, Averaged 100.2 bushels per acre in 2017. Exactrix TAPPS, Mustang tool bar applied by Mark Ricker, Wheat on Wheat.  

A winner in winter wheat production and every acre is No-tillage production by Mark Ricker, Pioneer dealer at Lyons, KS. Supported by Crop Quest, Mr. Jon French.  

Smaller NH3 plants are part of a new era in pricing and supplying NH3 to the local market.

Manning in Northern Alberta to Culiacan, Sinola, Mexico.  Get it done with big trucks at 14 pH NH3, high quality steel and diesel power.

In the west, you will find better quality and  wider highways built with basalt and glacial granitic deposits of hard rock, or a better rock utilized in construction over long distances?

Why Rocky Mountain Doubles in the West and Canada? 

Close to 17,000 gallons of propane or NH3 on 9 axles.
Rocky Mountain Doubles at the inspection station in Lehi, Utah, October of 2017.
The wide open west allows Propane or NH3 to be delivered from Colorado border westward at the 102nd   meridian. 

Are older tanks better?

Pup Trailer Tank 5,195 gallons  built in in 1965 at South San Francisco by American Bridge Division, United States Steel  .435 Shell. Head ¼ inch min.
Semi-Trailer, Tank, 11,600 gallons. Built in 1977 at Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Mississippi Tank Company, .383 Shell. Head ¼ inch min.

You can only be guilty of thinking too small.  Western landscapes and weather require more efficient deliver in a low population area.  

Low population areas must have low cost transportation across the west. A whole different approach to trucking as compared to the condensed or highly populated Midwest, Texas and California. 

South Dakota has even more axles allowed due to wide open spaces and low population.  

Up to 110 feet total overall length, at 81 feet of total trailer length, 13 total axles, and the load can be 155,500 lbs. A Special Permit required for Interstate 90 or 29. Get it done in South Dakota with 858,643 people that cannot be wrong.

Farmers get a 10% overload grace. That means 170,000 lbs. is legal at no more than 50 mph and within 50 miles of the headquarters.

A 10 axle machine at 18,000 gallons.

Nutrients in TAPPS and TAPPKS become more available at high (7.5 to 9.0 pH) and low pH (6.5 to 5.0 pH).

  • The basic reason for TAPPS and TAPPKTS with Ammoniated Zinc and Manganese.
  • High pH soils require Less to get More keeping calcium at bay improving P and K availability.   
  • Low pH soils must have TAPPS and TAPPKTS to protect manganese and aluminum toxicity .
  • High production alfalfa requires TAPPKTS preplant on 10 inch bands. NH3 improves the availability of P and K.


Going Expo in Alberta. An exceptional machine for exceptional conditions in Northern Alberta. Running strong in snowy conditions.   

  • Three Exactrix Systems on board. 2KC, Series 3, Mass Flow, 2KM Series 3, Mass Flow, 2KR Blender.
  • An exponential tool for CPS at Sexsmith, Alberta, Allows banding into grassland as well as pre-plant production for high value Spring Canola.
  • High durability track cart has 4,000 gallons NH3, Twin poly tank for 10-34-0 and Thio-sul®, 12-0-0-26S.
  • Thio-sul® is key to high yields and good proteins in Canola. Thio-sul® is the base material (10 gallons), The third product injection is low rates of 10-34-0(3 gallons)


Heart of Texas Tool Bar. A power play in Winter Canola. Lohn, Texas. 

Positive Down-pressure, Mustang Tool Bar. Construction is 7 x 7 with band spacing of 10, 12, 15, 18, 20, 22, 30, and 40.
The tools are adjustable for Binary Banding. 
The in-frame hydraulic cylinders are oversized for 45 feet of application width at 10 inch Mustang Opener spacing. 
The wing cylinders have a hydraulic weight transfer circuit to apply weight from the center section.  
Cylinders hold the tool bar in the smile position in the corners.  Frame depth wheel tires maintain stability at high speed.

Advanced Tool Bar designs.  Exceptional timing and delivery of Exactrix TAPPS and TAPPKTS in all seasons.

  • Rotational Band Loading and Binary Banding.
  • P-51C Mustangs band deep and tool bar runs fast at 10 to 12 mph.
  • Deep Banding to 7 to 8 inch depth.

Rotational Band Loading in only No-tillage.

From Cotton to Canola, Corn to Soybeans. Binary Banding provides seminal root access.

  • Immediate access to nutrients at plant germination.
  • A no-tillage power play. At highest levels of root colonization of NPKS stimulants and Ferrilene.


The next chapter in high production at lowest cost. Corn, Beans, Canola, Milo and Cotton.

Iowa State says, “It does no good to fertilize soybeans in Iowa.” Acidic soils for sure. 
Exactrix says, “It works every time in high pH soils. “

  • Soybeans get a yield punch from Exactrix TAPPKTS Band Geometry and specialized chemistry for Platte Valley Yellows.
  • The same tool can be utilized for wheat, corn, soybeans, cotton, alfalfa, and winter canola.
  • Mustang Tri-flow deep banding openers in combination with a indexed tool bar. Pre-plant or in crop.



Directly under the growing plant. Nutrients must be placed in deep bands to 8 inch depth to assure maximum early access to TAPPKTS,  Ferrilene, Mn SO4, Rhizobia and Mycorrhizae.  

Soybean roots go deep to 6 feet but not very wide. About 10 to 20 inch wide.
The start is critical to go with deep 6 foot root program. Ferrilene, Manganese, TAPPKTS, Rhizobia, and Mycorrhizae are positioned for immediate plant uptake.

Directly under the plant, Binary Banding of TAPPKTS with micros, Rhizobia, Mycorrhizae solves the nutrient access problem. 

  • Exactrix Binary Banding can produce soybeans in high pH soils. Producers can go where they could not go before.
  • Platte Valley Yellows can be greatly reduced with Ferrilene, Manganese Sulfate, Rhizobia and Mycorrhizae.
  • Exactrix recommends a 30 inch or 20 inch row design to concentrate nutrients and micro-biology.
  • Tri-flow injection with Mustang openers.
  • SRS can be used for Rhizobia, and Mycorrhizae.


Deep but not wide. Soybeans must have precision geometry to access nutrients and biologicals.
Proprietary Exactrix products make this happen.

Three farmer generated factors will solve the high nutrient cost problem.  

  1. Better NH3 30,000 gallon storage Tanks.
  1. Advanced NH3 application tooling will lower the price of all nutrients. Every large and third ammonia plant can be closed.
  1. Producers can build their own ammonia plants locally. The pricing all starts with ammonia.

Note: The Achilles Heel.

The Big 4 must have rail delivery to compete with the small NH3 plants. The chances of the railroads retooling their railroad is nil to slim.

Rail delivery is a form of storage. Those who control the storage control the price. The dysfunctional NH3 pipelines are at risk with smaller plants on site making on time delivery. 

Barges on the Mississippi, Columbia and Snake River are the safest and most economical way to move ammonia.

Restraining delivery is a key marketing trick of the Big 4. FOMO, Fear of Missing Out works a marketing technique.

Creating false demand by holding back the supply since the storage of the railroad is gone. That means trucks.

Investments in barges could overcome a lot of economic problems. Meanwhile small NH3 plants in stranded areas make a lot of sense.

Smaller and new plants located more to the demand area provide a better marketing design as the railroads pull out.  Geneva, Nebraska. 2017 

NH3 at $60 per ton?       It is time to review a more competitive stance at $2.50 to $3.00 corn.  

Producers can take back control of NH3 as they originally had control in the 60’s to the late 90’s at 6 cent N.  

As one producer said, “Tell the hedge fund manager to leave us alone. Let us compete for the markets. It is about my margin that counts. It is not about their oversized Canadian margin”.  

Make it smaller, smaller is 75 ton per day, local NH3 plants that match transportation and delivery to your storage tanks makes more sense.  

Storage on your farm with a 1 year advance supply builds National structural strength in war time.  

Farmers must produce at the most efficient level in war time. This is a National Security issue.  

The cold war brought the issue to the forefront as grains were stored on farm sites for years in the 70’s and 80’s.  

The food supply is at risk with large ammonia manufacturing plants which are big targets for a marching army.  

The ammonia plants are a strategic target. Dilution of the target size and locations is very important. Bigger is not better.

Let the small NH3 plants compete and meet the nitrogen needs of the producer.  

  • NH3 Storage with on Farm July fill-ups or around the year, when the price is right.

If NH3 storage tanks were installed on 50% of the farm acres the NH3 price would adjust as close as possible to the cost of production of NH3. 

In the meantime Exactrix owners get exclusive price breaks. NH3 manufacturers and wholesalers of NH3 know where the storage tanks are located on the landscape.  

  • Redesigned NH3 Nurse tanks. The present NH3 Nurse tank design from the Coops is the throttle point.

  • Applications at 10 mph at 60% of the university recommendation is possible with Exactrix designs and TAPPS, TAPPKTS with micros.

  • It is possible to fertilize soybeans with NH3, APP, Thio-sul®, KTS®, AZn, Ferrilene, Manganese and addition of Rhizobia, Mycorrhizae.  



TAPPS Formulator 2KM Weigh Master.                                Liquid NH3 Injection, 2KC Weigh Master, Series 3. 


 Tri-Ammonium Poly Phosphate Sulfate or Crystalline TAPPS.

The Dysfunctional Fertilizer Manufacturing Industry is a mess without the TVA leadership.


Your Great Plains Reporter,

Guy Swanson.

John Cory
Security West Financial

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John will help you spend about $40,000 annually to make $150,000 more annually by spending only $60 per acre in irrigated production for fertilizer. John understands the cycles of agriculture and how to keep your balance sheet looking good.

At the end of five years you will own a powerful machine that continue to produce good returns having already been paid for at the end of the first year.  You can even apply for your neighbors with a Mustang Tool Bar.

At 1,000 acres of corn, An internal bottom line savings of $750,000 over five years on 5,000 acres of corn.  

An Exactrix Mustang Tool Bar capable of producing $550,000 of internally available funds in five years.   

  See Video 

Top yields, best margin and the new leader in VRT-Site Specific, Small Grains Expert. Eric Odberg at Genesee, Idaho breaking winter wheat yield records. Exactrix TAPPS at Catholic Canyon using 4 management zones. Exactrix Site-Specific, Variable Rate

"Paul Gangwish, Drone Video"
Track Machines improve production 200%.
Application time cut in half at 1 acre per minute.
Up to $150 more net income per acre.

The 2017 Agronomy Review.

Meeting your formulation needs. www.exactrix.com/TF.htm  

Picking your metering systems. www.exactrix.com/epm.htm  

Need more information on advanced crop production.   www.exactrix.com/EWAC.htm


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