MANHATTAN, Kan. - It's understood that not all of the nitrogen that crop producers pay for will actually be available for plant uptake. Some of it will be lost through volatilization, denitrification, leaching or surface runoff and some may even be unavailable due to immobilization, said David Whitney, Kansas State University Research and Extension Professor Emeritus of agronomy.
Producers have heard these terms and others numerous times, but many may still be wondering just what exactly do these words mean?
"Producers should utilize agronomic practices that maximize mineralization and N fixation, and minimize volatilization, denitrification and leaching," Whitney said.
SOURCE: K-State Research and Extension news release.