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Help Growers Adjust Their Nitrogen Needs this Spring
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With persistent wet weather patterns across the U.S. causing logistical strain and delay of many growers getting into their fields, some are already making the switch from anhydrous ammonia to other nitrogen sources. This means now is the time to discuss nitrogen source alternatives and nitrogen protection options with your growers.

To find the best solution for nitrogen protection it’s crucial to understand the risk factors for volatilization, leaching and denitrification losses. The table below can identify what losses they may face based on a series of factors. 

Risk Factors for Volatilization1

Risk Factors for Leaching2

Risk Factors for Denitrification3

Surface-applied or shallow incorporated urea or UAN
Pre-plant, at-planting or early post applicationsPre-plant, at-planting, or early post applications
Warm Air TemperaturesAll nitrogen application methodsAll nitrogen application methods
 Moist soil or precipitation event < 0.5”Loosely textured soils with high infiltrationTightly textured soils with poor internal drainage
 High Soil pHTile-drained fieldsWarm Soil Temperatures
 High residue cropping systemsAbove average rainfall and large precipitation events Saturated soils > 60% water-filled pore space 

 

At Koch Agronomic Services (KAS), we’re proud to be a part of the solution. Whether the nitrogen source is urea, UAN, or anhydrous ammonia, we have a scientifically proven solution to meet the unique needs of your growers. The table below can help you find the right KAS solution dependent on the nitrogen source and loss situation. 

 Finding the Right Nitrogen source for your situation
 Nitrogen Source

Volatilization

Leaching & DenitrificationVolatilization, Leaching & Denitrification
UreaANVOL™ SUPERU®SUPERU®
 UANANVOL™ CENTURO™ AGROTAIN® PLUS SC
 Anhydrous AmmoniaN/A4 CENTURO™

 CENTURO™5

 

And as a reminder for late season foliar applications, NITAMIN® fertilizer can provide a flexible, crop-safe solution. NITAMIN gives crops targeted foliar nutrition when it’s needed and can be safely applied to the leaf’s surface, that provides a Steady-Delivery® of nutrition for the crop.

As the season progresses, it’s important to remain responsive and work closely with your growers to adjust to the ever-changing weather and growing conditions, helping them find the best solution this season.


1Risk Factors for Volatilization, IPNI Nitrogen Notes - Ammonia Volatilization No. 6

2Risk Factors for Leaching, IPNI Nitrogen Notes - Nitrate Leaching No. 3

3Risk Factors for Denitrification, IPNI Nitrogen Notes - Denitrification No. 5

4,5To protect against volatilization losses apply when soil conditions are favorable to ensure complete closure of the injection site. 


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