Where Did All
The Money Go?
The Gluttons Koch,
CF, Agrium, Potash, Way too much profit,
Over Net 50% margin in manufacture of nitrogen,
12% would be normal and competitive.
Just Like Having T-Rex for a supplier,
Ruthless and Steady by Jerks.
T-Rex’s era supplies the
hydrogen. Deep in the earth’s mantle from 60 million years ago when
the planet was warmer.
largest gas field in the world is right under some of the wealthiest
land and cattle companies in the world. Water, Gas,
Transportation, Ammonia, Ethanol, Giant Beef feed lots, slaughter
houses, Mega Dairies, windmills and virtually no surface water
leaving the area.
is pre-historic from the Ogallala Aquifer and ideal territory of
conservation of water with No-tillage crop production combined with
application Exactrix Anhydrous Ammonia.
- Both types
of soil erosion occur on the Great Plains.
- Giant flash
flooding rainstorms were known to drown the Buffalo Soldiers.
Forts were moved out of the stream area coulees.
- Rain storms
of 8 to 12 inches at a time requires No-tillage and terraces.
erosion….man made wind erosion removed a lot of top soil in the
- At Hugoton,
KS the loss is primarily due to the wind and is now under control
Koch, Dodge City. 1 of 5 plants.
Terra Nitrogen Co. L.P. Woodward, OK, 1 of 2 plants.
Terra Nitrogen Co. L.P. (TNCLP) has released its results for 4Q17,
reporting net earnings of US$49.4 million on net sales of US$97.5
Nitrogen Only Gluttons and owned by CF.
, non-competitive. A Farmer owned Cooperative initially, and gone to
the dogs due to lack of competitors.
By comparison, in 4Q16, the company reported net earnings of US$44.1
million on net sales of US$93.4 million.
Net earnings allocable to common units were US$26.6 million (US$1.44
per common unit) and US$34.3 million (US$1.85 per common unit) for
4Q17 and 4Q18, respectively.
4Q17 included a gain of US$14.3 million on the sale of TNCLP's 50%
joint venture interest in Oklahoma CO2 Partnership (OKCO2), which
added US$0.42 to 4Q17 earnings per common unit.
Results for 4Q17 also included an unrealized net mark-to-market loss
on natural gas derivatives of US$0.9 million compared to a gain of
US$13.6 million in 4Q16.
The derivative portfolio at
31 December 2017 includes natural gas derivatives that hedge
a portion of natural gas purchases through
For the full year 2017, TNCLP reported net earnings of US$153.9
million on net sales of $397.2 million.
This compares to net earnings of US$209.3 million on net sales of
US$418.3 million for the full year 2016.
Net earnings allocable to common units were US$109.8 million
(US$5.93 per common unit) and US$139.9 million (US$7.56 per common
unit) for the full year 2017 and 2016, respectively.
Results for the full year 2017 included a gain of US$14.3 million on
the sale of OKCO2, which added US$0.55 to the full year 2017
earnings per common unit. Results for the full year 2017 included an
unrealized net mark-to-market loss on natural gas derivatives of
US$10.6 million compared to an unrealized net mark-to-market gain of
US$35.3 million for the full year 2016.
On 7 February this year, TNCLP announced that, in accordance with
Section 17.1 of its First Amended and Restated Agreement of Limited
Partnership, as amended, Terra Nitrogen GP Inc. (TNGP), a Delaware
corporation and the sole general partner of TNCLP, has elected to
exercise the right, assigned to TNGP by TNCLP, to purchase all of
the issued and outstanding common units representing limited partner
interests in TNCLP not already owned by TNGP or its affiliates. TNGP
will buy the units on
2 April 2018 for a cash purchase price of US$84.033 per unit.
The purchase price was determined in accordance with Section 17.1 of
the partnership agreement.
“It is just a commodity”.
Can you imagine the internal accounting of Koch Bros
(post Farmland) as they
realized they could raise
the price of NH3 by
the phase of the moon.
when they only had ammonia plants in and about 2008 and Nitrogen hit
$800 per ton of NH3, when $125 to $180
per ton was good enough for
The management were
gluttons following the hedge fund managers. They became dizzy
with wealth, overflowing with
money from the producers of
Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, South Dakota, Colorado, Texas,
Oklahoma and Nebraska.
The Gluttons of American Agriculture are regional monopolists,
controlling the transport of Ammonia. No railcars or train sets
The rail cars were
a form of storage with advance
planning required and timely delivery for sure.
no messing around with the railroad.
It will be done.
They will drop the car and they will pick-up the car timely and
If there are many manufacturers
those many must stand alone. Just like you the producer, they
must compete and price
according to the futures market.
If you just have 2 or 3
then they can drive
the unthinkable pricing scenario of 8X and obviously
manipulate the market.
This is an
Oligopoly ranging to Monopoly
And now we are down to three major NH3 suppliers with 85% of the
market. Agrium and Potash are now Nutrien.
These three will soon be
their own worst enemy.
Obviously others consider
the hedge fund approach to growing an agricultural business
ridiculous for a commodity and not a good long term plan.
NH3 is just a commodity
and soon adapted to the hydrogen economy. The real NH3 price
is about to surface.
The infrastructure is
forming up in Washington and California. These two states are
forming the initial start of the hydrogen economy.
The Ammonia Dealers do all the hard work. They are the paper
The Ammonia Dealers
cannot maintain their margin and hedge their bets when the
supply is controlled, steady by jerks.
The ammonia dealers are the ones that really suffer
marketing and they build no
infrastructure and cannot get the price right due the lack of supply
and storage at their local stores.
Always buy NH3 when you
don’t need it. The payback is millions of dollars over your farming
The railcars are gone. The barges on the Columbia are gone.
Because the manufacture of ammonia controls the supply of NH3 at any
time by using the transports. Raising the price of NH3 close to the
price of high margin Solution 32. Protecting the 32-0-0 with a
superficial NH3 price.
No new NH3 storage. A significant amount of new plants are
proposed…because the big 3 can control the price and can kill a new
plant the build schedule changes.
manufactures control the delivery and timing of NH3 delivery
they will force the dealers to
supply Solution 32-0-0 only….and then the 32-0-0 margin will collapse
and there will be no fall banding.
The NH3 material is just
a commodity. The manufacturers have a deceptive trade practice and
have unfair competition
by holding back the supply of NH3 at key times.
The NH3 manufacturer controls the Railroads, The Pipelines and DOT
transports and above all the rivers with their Proprietary Barges
The Solution, new, smaller manufacturing Coops and
they will need
to start all over again with
an NH3 pricing focus with a 12% margin and on time delivery.
No shock and scare
marketing techniques, Just good old NH3 on time and ready to raise a
good crop with a fair profit for all.
An advanced fertilizer dealer at Grand Prairie, Alberta expands the
application period and provides nutrients timely. Fall application
improved the workload.
Mustang P-51 C openers operating in Spring Canola residue with TAPPS
formulators and blenders, in mass flow.
Highly crop available TAPPS with protein improvements using
Thio-sul® and KTS® and micros.
For Exactrix owners, the solution is Storage on the farm, take a
fill-up in July and get the jump on the fear marketing NH3
The ammonia dealer would have you the producer own the NH3 and the
storage. A dealer cannot maintain the dealer margin with inadequate
Plains Reporter. GJS.
Anhydrous Ammonia and snow go together, hand and glove. NH3 is
stable in the soil, storable at 82.4% nitrogen and sold as 82%, and
provides high value as the crop prefers NH4..…NH3 drives land values
in North America. Solution 32-0-0 hurts land values when compared
to NH3. TAPPS and TAPPKTS with AZn stabilizes NH4.
As taught by the TVA, Exactrix owners know this for sure….If you
discover that the nitrogen price per lb. of N for 32-0-0 is not
145% to 155% above the price of NH3 as N the pricing practice is
deceptive. In long term scenarios, if the 1.5 ratio pricing spread
is less then there is an unfair and deceptive trade practice going
on by the manufacturer. The deceptive trick comes from biblical
times when price comparisons were difficult due to education,
correct information or super-inflated values in price negotiation.
This is a commodity.
Buy the NH3 when the manufacturer wants to sell it. Control the
pricing with storage. Don’t buy NH3 when you need it. If you can,
buy at least 50% to 75% of the NH3 when you don’t need it.
Always remember 5% to 10% of the fertilizer dealers you work with
are pretty darn good at their job.
From $60 to $150 per acre more net income. Exactrix owners compete
in a world market and right here, “In River City”, in North America
we have the NH3. Asia, Europe and South America do not have NH3
directly applied. Do the Russians wonder what Exactrix TAPPS is all
about? You bet they do.
Lots of Calcium
and Phosphate was harvested from the soil with high amount being
returned to the land during the 50 million, 6 times a day, recycle
of nutrients. Where did it go?
that the water consumption per animal was 40 gallons per day in
July. That is 1 billion to 2 billion gallons a day for water. That
is 17 billion pounds of water producing 50 billion pounds of manure
in the grassland summer months. No wonder buffalo chips were an
conclusions of optimum soil pH at 7.4 are random discoveries since
the Great Plains soils hold the secret of pH and soil life. How did
the animals survive the influence of soil pH and the high calcium
content of the soils? Did the soil pH have a lot to do with health
of the animal?
You will note
that recent report on Wikipedia that every 600 lb. calf that goes to
feedlot takes 60 lbs. of calcium in the bones. A total of 100 lbs.
is bone…so maybe 30 to 35 lbs. is phosphate.
The pH of the
Buffalo bloodstream must be the same as us humans at 7.4 pH at 350
lbs. of bone.
So a mature
Bison at 2,000 lbs.….would have maybe 250 lbs. of Calcium and a lot
of phosphate….and Ca and P left the ecosystem .
bone went to the train depot and shipped to the Midwest as
We need to get
the farmers in the Eastern Corn belt to ship back that Ca and P plus
- A rolling
big number of 50 million Buffalo herd size (60 million actual
kill) were slaughtered between 1840 to 1880…maybe 30 million were
boned out and the bones were crushed in the Eastern Corn belt.
- If all the
bones were hauled off the Great Plains there were probably 150
million skeletons in some sort of decay
- They need
to ship back about 5 to 6 million tons of bone meal soon based on
a rolling 40 million average population.
- At 200,000
lbs. per rail car…that would be about 60,000 rail cars.
- At 110 cars
per unit train….that would be 545 unit trains….with 1 arriving
monthly at 12 different destinations…we could have it back in 45
months or about 4 to 5 years if the weather was favorable with no
It took about
40 years to wipe the Bison off of the map. We could get the
investment back in 5 years at 7.4 pH.