Nitrogen is a very important element in corn development and this year it seemed to be in short supply in many wet areas of the Midwest. When growers have to apply nitrogen, once such product they use is Agrotain Plus, a nitrogen stabilizer which controls nitrogen loss by blocking the enzyme urease. Agrotain Plus can be added in liquid nitrogen (UAN) or it can be used in manure and stops leeching, denitrification, and volatility of UAN.
SuperU is a finished grade urea and when Agrotain makes the SuperU, they add the nitrogen stabilizer to chemically stabilize urea for its use in the field.
To learn more about Agrotain Plus and SuperU, I spoke with Martin Case. He told me, “We’ve seen a lot of nitrogen deficiency in the crops this year where we’ve run the nitrogen out early down low and the corn turned yellow early down low. Then we had a lot of excess water that drove the nitrogen out of the root zones, so the corn has suffered and died early.”
Case recommended that grower start thinking about their programs for next year and anticipate any problems that were seen this year and what they may expect next year for weather. Then, he said, apply either Agrotain Plus to your UAN or buy SuperU and apply it based on your agronomist’s recommendation on the best way to get the most return.
Case said the products work and he mentioned that they have been studied independently by the USDA (studies are now in their third year) and USDA is seeing a dramatic economic value, meaning more corn yield which equates to more profit for the farmers. In addition, they are seeing a reduction in the loss of nitrous oxide to the atmosphere.
You can learn more about Agrotain and SuperU, by listening to my interview with Martin Case here. USDA Confirms Agrotain and SuperU's Value