When it comes to surface-applying UAN solutions or urea, it’s easy to end up with considerable losses due to volatilization.
Check the management ideas No-Till Farmer readers are using to reduce this costly loss of nitrogen while taking steps to protect the environment.
“We’re trying N-Serve and Agrotain to reduce nitrogen losses.”
—Daniel Oakes, Lyford, Texas
“The only urea I topdress is on no-tilled wheat and then I add Agrotain.”
—Ed Ruge, Valparaiso, Ind.
“Hold off spraying liquid nitrogen until 1 to 3 days before a predicted rain.”
—Mark Kessler, Crawfordsville, Ind.
“Early nitrogen application with Agrotain works best for us.”
—Paul Hay, Beatrice, Neb.
“Because of nitrogen volatilization, I no longer use urea or liquid nitrogen.”
—Jack Bickel, Atlanta, Ill.
“Apply these products in moist soil just ahead of a coming rain.”
—Harold Baleson, Rudolph, Ohio
“Using Agrotain and efficiently timing your application around the weather are essential for nitrogen management success.”
—Roger Baker, Wooster, Ohio
“If the temperature is high and rain is not forecast, add Agrotain.”
—Thomas Bash, Galion, Ohio
“I dribble on newer broadcast UAN nitrogen solutions and find inhibitors are useless in my area.”
—Gerald Truisi, Millmont, Pa.
“Apply before it rains with a nitrogen stabilizer.”
—Joel Myers, Spring Mills, Pa.
“Apply nitrogen early in the spring before it rains (which will incorporate it) and before temperatures get high enough to volatilize it.”
—Doug Coffrey, Thornton, Ind.
“I add Agrotain when I surface-apply nitrogen and inject with a coulter when sidedressing.”
—Mike Swaar, Mason City,…