Many opportunities exist for farmers to manage their nitrogen.
Moving from fall to spring pre-plant nitrogen application can reduce losses by an average of 5%. Using a nitrification inhibitor can decrease inputs, increase yields and prevent losses by an average of 9%. Sidedressing nitrogen, which times application when the crop is actively growing, minimizing losses from spring rainfall events, can reduce losses by an average of 7%. Soil sampling, crop monitoring and precision farming techniques can help farmers reduce their nitrogen inputs as well. The Fertilizer Institute’s 4R Program focuses on the right fertilizer source, at the right rate, at the right time, with the right placement. Paired with other practices, nutrient management can retain nutrients and achieve reductions.
“The 4R program benefits our farm and our bottom line. It’s common sense and helps us do everything right to make agriculture sustainable for our community and our environment.”
James Schoff, Farmer, Walnut Illinois