A few months ago at our LIFT Summit, we got a chance to sit down with Jason Moulin from Dow AgroSciences and talk about managing nitrogen:
Nitrogen management has become a big topic within the ag industry. This is due in part to the increased nitrate issues that have been seen in various places, including Chesapeake Bay and the Mississippi River Basin.
These environmental concerns directly impact growers, because they need to continue to provide nitrogen to their crops in order to produce profitable yields, but also need to be good stewards of the environment and avoid costly regulations that may negatively impact their production practices.
Growers are being tasked with finding ways to efficiently maximize the benefits of the existing nitrogen in their soil and the nitrogen they add to their soil. This includes using products and techniques that help inhibit the conversion from ammonium to nitrate, and keep the nitrogen in the soil and available to their crops.
One way to do this is to make use of nitrogen stabilizers, which retain and protect nitrogen inside the root zone.
Nitrogen is a critical nutrient to consider, especially in sustainable crop production. As Jason says, using techniques like nitrogen inhibitors and other tools allow growers to keep nitrogen in the soil where it can help the plants develop into a healthy crop.
This in turn will protect the growers’ investments, help them achieve higher yields and lead to better returns at the end of the season. Finally, this will also help us sustain our environment for future generations.
Nitrogen Management Transcript
I think fertility management, or nitrogen management, is a huge topic in agriculture today. It’s always been a big topic, but with the growing perceptions of the nitrate issues that are happening within the Midwest, and through growers’ essential need to use nitrogen to help achieve yields, plus the cost that’s associated with that investment for a grower [it’s even bigger now].
I think it’s becoming ever more important to start utilizing tools such as nitrogen inhibitors like Instinct II® and N-Serve® to ensure that growers are protecting their fertilizer investment, to achieve the yields as well as to help keep more of that nitrogen to the root zone itself.
Nutrient efficiency is important because it enables growers to achieve those yield goals. Commodity prices are a little bit lower than they were a few years ago, and fertilizer prices are relatively high.
It’s very important that growers are efficiently getting the most out of every investment. Specifically with that fertility investment, they need to make sure they’re efficiently utilizing that to get the yield goals they have to achieve the return on investment they’re looking for.