Personalizing Nitrogen Stabilization Benefits for Farmers

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As you help your customers prepare for 2023, the topic of fertilizer costs is likely on their minds – and yours as well. After reaching record highs in 2022, nitrogen prices remain volatile. So helping farmers get the best return on their investment is likely to be a top priority.

We know one way to do that is to protect farmers’ nitrogen applications with a trusted solution, such as N-Serve® nitrogen stabilizer or Instinct NXTGEN® nitrogen stabilizer. Both are powered by Optinyte® technology, which has been proven over 46 years and in more than 1,000 field trials and university studies to keep nitrogen in the root zone when corn needs it most to maximize yield potential. N-Serve nitrogen stabilizer works with anhydrous ammonia, and Instinct NXTGEN nitrogen stabilizer brings the same superior protection to UAN, urea and liquid manure.

However, while the benefits of this technology may be proven, it’s sometimes hard to explain those benefits in a way your customers will fully appreciate. We know seeing is believing, so we’ve gathered a list of tools and resources to help you show your farmers exactly how these solutions can improve their operations — and their bottom lines.

Economic Benefits of Stabilization

Optinyte technology, which powers N-Serve and Instinct NXTGEN, is proven to increase corn yield potential by an average of 5.2% when used with spring applications and 7% when used with fall applications.1

Here are two tools you and your customers can use to get a better idea of what those statistics might mean for their specific operations:

  • Profit Calculator. The Nitrogen Profit Calculator allows farmers to calculate their maximum profit from using N-Serve or Instinct NXTGEN by entering a few metrics like nitrogen type, corn yield and total acres.
  • Loss Calculator. The Nitrogen Loss Calculator will show farmers how much nitrogen they can expect to lose on untreated acres versus on acres treated with N-Serve or Instinct NXTGEN over the span of 12 weeks after application. This calculator takes several factors into consideration, including the farmer’s location, application date and average amount of rainfall per week.

Knowing these nitrogen stabilizers are proven to increase average yield potential is one thing, but being able to personalize the impact for your customers can help them appreciate the benefits a little bit more. 

Environmental Benefits of Stabilization

In addition to the economic benefits, the Optinyte® technology in N-Serve® and Instinct NXTGEN® nitrogen stabilizers is shown to provide environmental benefits. Optinyte protects nitrogen below ground, where up to 70% of loss happens via leaching and denitrification. This technology is proven to promote the following benefits:1

  • 16% less leaching
  • 28% greater soil retention
  • 51% fewer greenhouse gas emissions

Optinyte keeps more nitrogen in the root zone so corn can use it to maximize yield potential, keeping that excess nitrogen out of the environment and waterways. 

In fact, the use of Optinyte technology over one year reduced carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 3 million metric tons.1 According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, that’s equivalent to the CO2 emissions from:

Each of the numbers above links to a PDF with the statistic in a colorful graphic you can download to help illustrate the positive impact N-Serve and Instinct NXTGEN have on the environment. You also can download this handy fact sheet with easily accessible information about nitrogen stabilizers from Corteva Agriscience.

Benefits of a Biological

In addition to nitrogen stabilizers, your customers may be curious about how a biological solution might impact their corn-growing operations. 

Utrisha N nutrient efficiency optimizer is a microbial nitrogen fixation solution that sustainably captures nitrogen from the air for crops like corn to use to facilitate growth and optimize yield potential. 

This video offers a comprehensive look at how Utrisha N works and the benefits it can offer row-crop farmers:

You also can download this fact sheet for Utrisha N to see what kind of potential yield increase your customers could expect based on their programs. 

As you help your customers plan their nitrogen management programs for 2023, the resources in this article can assist with some of those conversations. You also can learn more about the full suite of Nutrient Maximizers from Corteva at NutrientMaximizers.com or reach out to your local Corteva Agriscience representative with questions.


1Wolt, J. D. 2004. A meta-evaluation of nitrapyrin agronomic and environmental effectiveness with emphasis on corn production in the Midwestern USA. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems. 69: 23–41.  

Instinct NXTGEN® and Utrisha N nutrient efficiency optimizer 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.