How Enhanced-Efficiency Nitrogen Fertilizer Can Work for You

How Enhanced-Efficiency Nitrogen Fertilizer Can Work for You

The goal of any enhanced-efficiency nitrogen (N) fertilizer is to supply enough N when and where the plant needs it, writes Tai McClellan Maaz, Director, Nitrogen Program, International Plant Nutrition Institute. However, not all enhanced-efficiency fertilizers function the same way. It is important to select the product that will most meet your agronomic, economic, and environmental goals.

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1. MODE OF ACTION. There are two basic types of enhanced-efficiency N fertilizers. The first includes controlled-release products, such as polymercoated urea. The second is stabilized N, which includes enzyme inhibitors such as urease or nitrification inhibitors.

Each of these products target different processes in the N cycle, and therefore regulate different forms of plant-available N and downstream loss pathways.

Read more at IPNI.net.

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