Protecting Your Nitrogen Applications

Summer is upon us and it is already getting HOT! Did you know that with warm temperatures and no rain, urea can lose up to 35% of it's nitrogen just 18 days after application? If nitrogen is lost in the atmosphere, it is not available for plant uptake!

What if there were a way to prevent this loss?  I have some great news: there is, and it is very easy!  Recent studies have shown that nitrogen fertilizer, when treated with a urease inhibitor, retained 99.6% nitrogen in those 18 days following application.

Progressive Ag Coop can provide a service of applying a urease inhibitor to your urea and UAN fertilizers. Originally (and most-popularly) known as Agrotain, we offer a urease inhibitor called Factor which is manufactured by Rosen’s.  The way Factor works is that it “protects” the enzymatic activity of urease by decreasing the concentration that ammonia loses from volatility.

Factor can be applied with any nitrogen product that is urea-based and in all crops and grass pastures.  It may be used when applying urea or UAN for all forms of surface applications, including but not limited to pre-plant, pre-emergence, side-dress and top dress.

The application of Factor to dry urea is performed by applying 3.25 quarts per ton using impregnation equipment to uniformly coat the urea particles. Treated urea appears to have a “lime green” coloring.

Factor not only helps with dry urea but can also be applied to liquid UAN fertilizer as well. Factor is applied directly to the UAN at the rate of 3.25 pints per ton. An example of this is would be to fill your spray tank full of UAN and add the Factor directly to your sprayer and agitate.

Why use Factor?  It is simple: Factor can increase the yield of your crops.  Nitrogen sources are critical to reaching your yield goals and raising successful crops. Who doesn’t want to increase your yield by simply applying a nitrogen stabilizer?!  Any of our friendly knowledgeable PAC agronomy representatives are happy to help you with more information on nitrogen stabilizers.