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Common Nitrogen Fertilizers and Stabilizers for Corn Production

02 April 2013
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US - Nitrogen (N) fertilizer is one of the most critical inputs in corn production. The most common forms of N fertilizer include anhydrous ammonia, urea, and urea-ammonium nitrate (UAN) solutions. Under certain field and climate conditions, all forms of N are at risk of eventual loss.

Nitrogen stabilizers, also called additives, are available to help reduce N losses from the soil.

To maximize their benefits, utilization should be based on form of N fertilizer used, time of application, and field and climate considerations.

Because the risk of N loss is always looming, growers should take appropriate precautions to maintain this important crop nutrient.

This can be accomplished by picking an appropriate N source and applying it near the time of crop uptake, or using a nitrogen stabilizer when application timing is farther removed from the period of the crop.

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