Improve nitrogen use efficiency

December 1, 2014

KEY PRACTICE: Investment in enhanced-efficiency fertilizer products may provide an economic benefit when spring timing and band placement are not possible.

KEY RESEARCH: Grant, Cindy, Malhi, S.S. and Schoenau, Jeff. “Improving Nutrient Use Efficiency with Enhanced Efficiency Fertilizers in the Northern Great Plains of North America.” Recent Trends in Soil Science and Agronomy Research in the Northern Great Plains of North America (2010).


Improved nitrogen use efficiency could provide a significant economic gain, given that nitrogen is one of canola growers’ single biggest input costs.

“Nutrient use efficiency from fertilizer application is generally less than 50 percent in the year it is applied. Improvements in nutrient use efficiency are therefore critical, both to improve the economics of crop production and to minimize the movement of nutrients into the air or water,” wrote Cindy Grant, S.S. Malhi and Jeff Schoenau in their 2010 review, “Improving nutrient use efficiency with enhanced efficiency fertilizers in the Northern Great Plains of North America.”

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