Nitrogen stabilizers a key ingredient to fall fertilizer
Many farmers will be applying fertilizer this fall.
Corteva Agriscience nutrient management specialist Ty Stender says timing is key.
“Making sure that the soil temperature is cool enough to be able to apply this fall, making sure the equipment is ready. And another factor going into it is going to be moisture this year, especially in northern Iowa where we’re a little bit on the dry side (and) could definitely use some extra moisture to help seal up those applications this fall.”
He tells Brownfield farmers need to protect their fertilizer investment by paying close attention to the active ingredients in nitrogen stabilizers.
“We pay a lot of attention to and scrutinize our herbicide, fungicide, and insecticide labels as far as what’s in them for active ingredients, how much and what it is. And I recommend people do the same thing with their nitrogen stabilizers.”
Stender says there are several metrics farmers can use to evaluate nitrogen stabilizers including soil stability, length of control, impact on yield, environmental benefit, and the amount of active ingredient needed to be effective.
Stender made these comments during an upcoming Brownfield Managing for Profit, a content partnership with Corteva Agriscience.