Except When it's Not in the Form the Plant Desires
For years the fertilizer industry has pushed the idea that the plant doesn’t care what form of nitrogen it receives as long as adequate nitrogen is present. After all, it benefits traditional fertilizer dealers to utilize whatever form provides the retailer the most profit potential through logistics or market forces, while ignoring what is best for the crop.
The fact is, there are differences in nitrogen and how plants utilize what is available. Knowing those differences can make a significant impact in plant energy use, and ultimately yield and quality. For farmers willing to take the necessary steps to improve nitrogen efficiency, there are abundant economic, agronomic and nutrient use efficiency gains to be realized. This is a key principle of the Maximum Farming System.
The Maximum Farming System, grounded in basic science, provides the most efficient and effective way for a grower to maximize investments in nitrogen while enhancing yield, improving crop quality and protecting the environment. This includes helping the grower select the proper form of nitrogen.
The bottom line is that most crops prefer a diet rich in nitrate nitrogen during vegetative development, while filling up on ammonium nitrogen during the reproductive growth stages. While that’s easy to say, the reasons are more complex and require proper understanding to bring value to your customers.