New Nitrogen Stabilizer Protects Applications

Federal registration has been received for Dow AgroSciences’ Instinct nitrogen stabilizer for use with UAN and liquid manure. By protecting nitrogen (N) from UAN and liquid manure applications at the corn root zone, Instinct optimizes the yield potential of corn.

“Instinct is proven technology in an innovative, encapsulated formulation from Dow AgroSciences, the leader in N stabilization for more than 35 years,” says Andrew Simeonidis, senior marketing specialist for Dow AgroSciences. “Instinct gives growers confidence that they are effectively protecting their UAN and liquid manure applications at the plant root zone.”

How It Works

Instinct protects N at the plant root zone, keeping it easily available to corn during key yield-determining growth stages. Studies also show that nitrapyrin, the active ingredient in Instinct, optimizes the yield potential of corn by increasing grain protein, improving standability, reducing the risk of stalk rot, and enabling faster crop drydown.

Under a 24(c) Special Local Needs Registration in Iowa in 2008, on-farm field trials showed that fields treated with Instinct outyielded nontreated fields by an average of 5 bushels per acre.

Instinct supports environmentally beneficial farming practices by reducing N leaching into groundwater and reducing denitrification, the escape of N into the atmosphere.

“In other words, Instint keeps N where it belongs — in the soil,” says Chris Berry, market development specialist with Dow AgroSciences.

Berry adds that as an encapsulated product, Instinct can remain on the soil surface for up to 10 days, giving growers maximum flexibility in application timing.

“Instinct is designed to stay on the soil surface without volatilizing until the N can be incorporated into the ground either with a ½ inch of rain or mechanical incorporation,” says Berry.

In addition, Instinct is easy handling, noncorrosive, and requires no special application equipment.

“Instinct allows growers to apply the right amount of UAN or liquid manure and easily protect it from loss,” Simeonidis says.

To learn more about Instinct, visit


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