Understanding Nitrate Leaching Losses
Leaching occurs below ground when the nitrate form of nitrogen is moved below the root zone by an excess of water. Risk factors that can contribute to nitrate leaching include:
- Pre-plant, at-planting or early post-planting applications, which means longer exposure time between application and plant need
- Loosely textured soils with high infiltration
- Tile-drained fields
- Above average rainfall and large precipitation events
Understand the loss risk you face with untreated nitrogen, and how adding a nitrification inhibitor, like CENTURO® nitrogen stabilizer or SUPERU® premium fertilizer from Koch Agronomic Services, is key to protecting your nitrogen investment.
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