Denitrification, a below-ground loss of nitrogen, is the breakdown of nitrates to gaseous nitrogen by bacteria in the soil. Poorly drained or waterlogged soil conditions and warm soil temperatures are most favorable to denitrification losses. The risk factors for denitrification are:
- Pre-plant, at-planting or early post-planting applications
- Tightly textured soils with poor internal drainage
- Warm soil temperatures
- Saturated soils greater than 60% water-filled pore space
Hear from key experts on the potential losses you face with untreated UAN or anhydrous ammonia, and the positive impact adding a nitrification inhibitor can have on your operation. Solutions like CENTURO® nitrogen stabilizer or SUPERU® premium fertilizer can have a positive impact on nitrogen management and yields.
The best way to protect your nitrogen is to understand exactly how it functions. Take a deeper dive into denitrification and learn what you need to do to protect against this form of loss.