Researcher Analyzes Solutions to Nitrogen Loss for Agrotain

August 6, 2009 07:00 PM

Rachel Duff, Farm Journal Intern
A nitrogen plan has to be determined for your exact tilling practices and location. How can you maximize your N? A urease inhibitor might be the answer.
Lloyd Murdock, agronomist from the University of Kentucky, has done research to measure the effectiveness of several Agrotain products, which aim to help reduce N loss.
Murdock found that using a urease inhibitor enhances N use. He says there are three solutions to volatilization loss.
  1. A farmer can put urea into the soil using various methods. But this is limited by your soil type, N source and other factors.
  2. Another option is to apply a larger amount of N to compensate for volatilization. But, this is a costly option due to high N prices.
  3. The final option is to use a urease inhibitor.
Murdock has found the best results by using urea and Agrotain, the urease inhibitor, together.

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