Fuel and Fertilizer Costs

The cost of farm items such as diesel and anhydrous ammonia is up considerably from this time last year. With the threat of war in Iraq and a crude oil strike in the South American country of Venezuela, it's unlikely that prices will fall anytime soon.

One employee at a Bowling Green farm supply store says he's received a few complaints lately from farmers about the rising costs of several items. Although he says costs for fuel generally climb in the winter months due to higher demand, the current world events are having an impact locally.

The average price for diesel is up about 30% nationally from this time last year, while most nitrogen-based products have seen a 9% jump in price from last January.