This season, you may be planning to sidedress nitrogen as part of your overall nutrient management program. Whether you typically make sidedress applications, or if this is the first season you’re doing so, there are a few important tips to remember to help get the best return on that investment.
Before we look at those tips, let’s review why sidedress can be a good strategy, depending on your operation. First of all, splitting up nitrogen applications — applying some in fall or early spring and then more at sidedress — can help mitigate loss by giving corn more opportunities to use the nutrient. This helps maximize yield potential and helps keep excess nitrogen out of the environment. The practice also is recommended as part of the 4R Plus Nutrient Stewardship Program.
Split applications are especially good if the soil in your fields is more prone to nitrogen loss. Soils that are wet or sandy throughout the Midwest tend to lose nitrogen more easily through leaching and denitrification.
On the flip side, you may be dealing with the opposite problem: drought or very dry soil conditions. Split applications also can be beneficial when it’s dry by allowing more time for the nitrogen to incorporate into the soil and be taken up by corn.
With nitrogen fertilizer prices reaching record highs this season, it’s more important than ever to take steps to prevent nitrogen loss. A successful sidedress application is certainly a step in the right direction.
So be sure to protect your sidedress investment with a proven nitrogen stabilizer. N-Serve® and Instinct NXTGEN® nitrogen stabilizers both prevent nitrogen loss below ground from leaching and denitrification. N-Serve works with anhydrous ammonia and Instinct NXTGEN works with UAN, urea and liquid manure.
In addition to N-Serve and Instinct NXTGEN, Corteva Agriscience has a new above-ground solution: PinnitMax® TG nitrogen stabilizer protects UAN and urea from volatilization. PinnitMax will be widely available in 2023. You also can prevent volatilization by making sure nitrogen is incorporated into the soil so it gets down to the root zone.
Your local retail agronomist is a great resource to help you plan for successful sidedress applications, even if you self-apply. You also can visit NutrientMaximizers.com to see how the nitrogen management solutions from Corteva can help you make the most of your investment this season.
Instinct NXTGEN® and PinnitMax® TG are not registered for sale or use in all states. Contact your state pesticide regulatory agency to determine if a product is registered for sale or use in your state. Do not fall-apply anhydrous ammonia south of Highway 16 in the state of Illinois. Always read and follow label directions.
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