June 22, 2009, Carleton, Neb.: After emptying a tank of fertilizer, Doug Huber, assistant manager at Aurora Co-op in Carleton and Amanda Sykora from Deweese joke with each other before heading back to work. Huber said the fertilizer business has not been touched much by the recession, because of the success of the agricultural industry. Because of last year's high gasoline prices, fertilizer prices rose but have since fallen back to normal levels.
"When you start talking $1,000 a ton for liquid fertilizer...that's high priced," he said. "I would say the norm for the last 10 years would be...probably about $300."