Farmers and ranchers in Australia have been campaigning against the use of artificial fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides for the past decade.
Now, a new study has found that the use and prices of these products are lower than the competition.
The study was published in the prestigious journal Environmental Research Letters.
“The competition for agricultural commodities has not been that good in recent years,” said Dr David Haggerty, one of the authors of the study.
“That’s partly because farmers have been focusing on other crops and the prices have been higher than the competitors.”
The competition is still very strong for farmers to produce these products.
“The researchers analysed data from the Agricultural Marketing Information Service (AMPIS), which tracks and compares prices of the best agricultural advertising.
“It’s really interesting that these are the cheapest fertilisers used in Australia.” “
Farming is a very complex business, and it’s hard to compare the price of the same product across countries,” Dr Haggerity said.
“It’s really interesting that these are the cheapest fertilisers used in Australia.”
What is the study about?
The researchers looked at the prices of a variety of fertilisers and herbicide products, including the herbicide and the synthetic fertiliser.
They looked at three different products: an “organic” fertilizer called Agroponic Grows, the organic synthetic fertilising agent called Agroclam, and a synthetic fertilizer called Agronomix, which is a synthetic version of the natural organic fertiliser which is used to treat plants.
The researchers used the data to calculate the prices that farmers and rancher could earn using each product.
“We looked at what would be the marginal cost of each product,” Dr John Meeks, the lead author of the paper, said.
The average price per gram of each fertilizer and herbicidal product was $2.36, according to the researchers.
“What we found was that there was a significant difference between the prices for organic fertilisers in the USA and Australia,” Dr Meeks said.
In the US the cheapest organic fertilising product was the AgroClam, which was the lowest price among the synthetic products in the data.
In Australia, the cheapest was AgroGrow.
“So, what we found is that there are differences in the prices between the two markets,” Dr James Akerlof, the research leader of the AMPIS team, said in a statement.
“In the USA, the costs of organic fertilizers are cheaper, but the price difference for the synthetic product is much larger.”
What’s more, the study also found that these products were the most popular amongst farmers and ranchhers in the United States.
Farmers use the Agroponics Grows product in the fields because it is the most economical option available, Dr Haganty said.
It’s also a natural product that can be grown on an organic basis, Dr Mekes said.
Dr Haggity said it is not surprising that farmers would choose the cheaper fertiliser because the costs are lower, but it does raise an important point about the comparative advantage that these synthetic fertilizers have.
“There is no clear comparative advantage to the organic products,” Dr Jaggerty said, adding that there is some evidence to suggest that some farmers in the UK are using the synthetic fertilizer.
Dr Hagerty said the researchers would be happy to discuss their findings with the manufacturers of these fertilisers.”
These products are generally more expensive than the organic ones, so farmers are buying organic fertilisation at a higher price, but farmers are also buying cheaper organic fertilization because the organic fertilizer is cheaper.”
Dr Hagerty said the researchers would be happy to discuss their findings with the manufacturers of these fertilisers.