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Are this season's crops flushed down the drain with all the rain?

Heavy rain doesn’t have to mean money down the drain

Farmers of all types face challenges everyday as they work hard to get higher yields and greater profits. Inputs throughout the growing season can help with reaching those goals, but only if those inputs are utilized to their full potential.

Heavy rains in Ohio during the spring and early summer may have washed away some key nutrients and with them went top-end yield and profits.

“Just traveling up and down the road I’ll see corn that’s definitely been nitrogen deficient sometime in its growth stage early on in the growing season,” said Brett Barton, Sales Manager in Ohio for AgXplore. “I wish that more farmers would protect their nitrogen. For the price of that input and adding a small cost to keep them where they are needed would’ve added a lot of bushels.”

A nitrogen stabilizer, like N-Zone from AgXplore, is one solution.

“We see two to seven bushels better across the board by using N-Zone and the cost is minimal,” Barton said. “Usually for less than a bushel to a bushel and a half of corn you have your expenses paid for this product, so we are seeing a constant return on investment.”

N-Zone is a calcium copolymer product that is designed as a nitrogen management aid. It increases nitrogen availability and uptake, reduces nitrogen loss and manages nitrogen during key growth stages.

“Being a calcium copolymer it helps keep moisture in the root zone and it binds the nitrogen to a soil colloid so it doesn’t escape through tile lines after heavy rains like we saw in the spring,” Barton said. “That is where I have seen a lot of benefit with our products. Growers that have used any of our N-Zone products are happy and they can’t believe for how wet as we were their crops look as good as they do.”

N-Zone Max is formulated to be mixed with 28% or 32% or can be impregnated with dry urea. ContaiN is an NBPT (N-Butyl thiophosphoric triamide) with some N-Zone Max mixed in for above and below ground control. So it does the same thing that N-Zone does but it also has 3 modes of action for farmers that are top dressing wheat or dribbling some nitrogen on using Y-Drops. The third N-Zone product is GL, which is added to anhydrous ammonia.

“Although we have seen more rain than we need, this year has been advantageous for showing what our products are capable of,” Barton said. “N-Zone keeps the nitrogen from volatizing and leaching so the plant can keep going even when it has wet feet. Producers that have used N-Zone this year would swear by it and will never go back to not using one of the nitrogen products that we offer.”

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