New nitrogen fertilizer saving farmers money

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High nitrogen fertilizer prices for a second year in a row have dampened farmer’s enthusiasm as they struggle to break even from producing both crops and livestock.

This prompted many to look around to see how they could save money whilst maintaining productivity.

Some are convinced that the new Koch Advanced Nitrogen product will help achieve both objectives. KAN as it has become known, is claimed to be as effective as CAN despite being made from urea.

Advanced Fertilizers’ general manager Mike Shields spoke about the new technology: “What we have here is urea treated with a urease inhibitor. This slows down the rapid breakdown that normally happens with urea based fertilizers. This practically eliminates the losses that you normally get with urea fertilizers so that the end result is CAN-type performance.”

Shields added: “The good news for farmers is that the product is a lot less expensive per unit of nitrogen than CAN. In addition the higher concentration (46% nitrogen compared with just 27% in CAN) means that there is less volume to transport, store and spread, reducing time and spreading costs. This can be significant with larger farms having to cover more ground particularly when land is away from the home farm.”

He said that the product has been trialled by Teagasc and AFBI on both crops and grassland and found to work as well as CAN across a variety of soil types.

In addition there are environmental benefits with reduced Nitrous Oxide gas emissions.

This is becoming more important as sustainability and low carbon farming is demanded by international customers and regulators. Shields concluded that the Koch Advanced Nitrogen product range also includes blends with Sulphur and Potassium.