Crops Technology

Get your fields ready with the best nitrogen stabilizers

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Across the board, a majority of growers experienced challenges this past growing season. The most significant of those issues was the weather. Excess rainfall and short timeframes for planting made it difficult to properly prepare fields and apply nitrogen. In order to maintain field stability and efficiency going forward, it’s important to evaluate your operation’s soil composition to minimize nutrient loss.

One of the primary ways to decrease the impact of unpredictable weather is to include a nitrogen stabilizer in your planting plan. Nitrogen stabilizers are a valuable management tool that help minimize nitrogen loss and increase your crop’s nitrogen use efficiency (NUE).

Tim Laatsch is the technical agronomy manager for Koch Agronomic Services (Koch) and has been farming in Illinois for the past 20 years. He says with the 2020 growing season quickly approaching, growers should consider making plans for nitrogen applications now and take advantage of the nutrient stewardship recommendations for their area.

“Growers know first-hand that mitigating nutrient loss is essential to their bottom line,” says Laatsch. “Looking ahead, products that are highly efficient and can best protect our crops are the ones we should be using to improve our operations overall.”

ANVOL™ is Koch’s latest next generation nitrogen stabilizer, offering growers long-lasting protection against above-ground nitrogen loss. The urease inhibitor is a great option as you plan to establish strong soil health in your fields. AGROTAIN® was the first product of its kind and helped growers optimize their yield potentials for more than 25 years, but ANVOL is now available — demonstrating extended protection in third-party research. The difference is DUROMIDE, a patented active ingredient delivering the longest-lasting urease inhibitor over a wider range of soil environments to help growers across the country.

To growers, the DUROMIDE difference means it can:

  • deliver protection in a wide range of soil environments and fertilizer blends,
  • slow the breakdown of urea over a long window of time,
  • allow more time for fertilizers to be incorporated while optimizing yield potential in the process.
  • improve efficiency with a high active ingredient concentration that enables a low application rate.

Both ANVOL and AGROTAIN feature the active ingredient NBPT. But in ANVOL, DUROMIDE works in tandem with NBPT to optimize the amount of fertilizer available for crop uptake. The high concentration of those ingredients allows for a low application rate, resulting in a more efficient coating, a drier blend and an overall reduction in labor demands.

“The longer nitrogen is protected, the more opportunity growers have to get their yields optimized,” he says. “Those that I’ve talked to are looking for ways to increase their final numbers and follow the best practices in our industry.”

Compared to other urease inhibitor technologies, ANVOL delivers the most stable protection against volatilization to maximize a higher return on investment. In a 2016 Louisiana State University trial, ANVOL reduced ammonia loss to 12 percent compared to losses of more than 30 percent with untreated urea.1

“As growers, we make significant investments to improve our nitrogen use efficiency,” says Laatsch. “It’s exciting to see products like ANVOL now entering the marketplace to further maximize those investments and give us greater peace of mind.”

 

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1The underlying data was provided by ‬‬‬‭Louisiana State University‬‬‬‬‬ under Research Trial Financial Support Agreements with Koch Agronomic Services, LLC and neither the institution, nor the individual researchers referenced, endorse or recommend any product or service.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

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