Nitrogen Fertilizer

Soil in field
Figure 1. Ammonia loss can be significant where the surface applied urea is not timely incorporated.

Interested in Testing Nitrogen Stabilizers on Your Farm?

January 19, 2021
Nutrient Management Specialist Javed Iqbal analyzes the use of fertilizer stabilizers to mitigate nitrogen fertilizer loss and increase productivity.

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Plowing a field
Anticipated high residual soil nitrate-N levels in NE rainfed crops of dry 2020 can be credited to reduce N rates for 2021

Planning 2021 Fertilizer-N Application Following a Dry 2020

October 6, 2020
Fertilizer-N is a big investment for crop production in Nebraska and elsewhere. After harvest, growers tend to plan their fertilizer-N management for the next year’s crop. But the question is how much nitrogen can they apply to get the most profit from their fertilizer-N investment?

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corn seedling with damage

Fertilizer-nitrogen Injury

May 22, 2020
Nitrogen (N) is the most limiting nutrient in corn. However, there is risk of crop injury with band application of fertilizer-N.

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nitrogen fertilizer being applied to corn
Photo by Richard Ferguson

Tips for In-season Nitrogen Management in Corn

April 29, 2020
This spring conditions are good for pre-plant fertilizer, but there are still considerations that justify shifting more nitrogen application to in-season versus pre-plant.

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Graph of potential N loss

Considerations for Fall Fertilizer-Nitrogen Application

October 30, 2019
Fall fertilizer applications offer cost savings and time management benefits, but also may contribute to increased soil nitrate-N leaching. With Nebraska's high soil moisture levels, consider these suggestions when applying nitrogen this fall.

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The Science Behind 50-degree Soil and Nitrogen Application

October 8, 2019
From Water.unl.edu: When applying anhydrous or an ammonia-rich manure, wait until soils start to cool. Soil temperature affects how quickly soil microbes will process ammonium nitrogen to nitrate.

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Chart showing corn yield response to various levels of nitrogen fertilizer

The Difference between Maximum Profit and Maximum Production

September 26, 2019
In this week's Cornhusker Economics Nebraska Extension Agricultural Economist Matt Stockton looks at corn yield response to N and provides an economic analysis of N application rates.

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Price adjustment graph for N in corn

Nutrient Management Suggestions for Corn Updated in EC117

July 9, 2019
The Nebraska Extension Circular, Nutrient Management Suggestions for Corn (EC117), has been updated to account for residual soil nitrate-N and provide an alternative for determining fertilizer-P rates.

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