There was a 10.38% increase in fertiliser sales in the first quarter of 2020 compared to the same period last year, figures from the Department of Agriculture show.

Conditions in January to March 2019 were much more favourable for fertiliser use than 2020. One might think sales would be back this year due to the wet conditions and lack of growth that pertained at the time. While there is no way of knowing if all of this fertiliser was actually applied, it seems likely that an amount of the purchases may have been in response to the perceived value available at the time.