Are Nitrogen Stabilizers Worth Using? 3 Factors to Consider

Nitrogen loss pathways and management options to reduce risk of N loss. Image from University of Nebraska.
  • Denitrification: Nitrate converts into gaseous forms of nitrogen which are lost to the atmosphere
  • Volatilization: Ammonium (NH4) converts to ammonia (NH3) gas which is released to the atmosphere
  • Leaching: Nitrate, which is negatively charged like soil particles and not well retained by the soil, is washed downward by excess soil water beyond the root zone of crops.

Consider Soil Texture

Weather a Primary Factor

What About Slow-Release Nitrogen?

Does Tillage Make a Difference?

Deciding When to Use Nitrogen Stabilizers

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