An agriculture specialty company is encouraging growers to plan ahead for the next growing season, as they enter fields this harvest season.
The United States has witnessed an increased desire to protect the nation’s waterways within recent years. Farmers play a major role in protecting the natural resources surrounding us.
Effectively managing nitrogen is one way to go about being a good steward of the land. Shane Van Fleet, technical sales director for AgXplore International, says stabilizing nitrogen benefits the environment, as well as crops.
“We create parking spots where we inject it into the soil,” Van Fleet said. “We use a process of double positive calcium charged product with some co-product, with some co-polymers. When that calcium, with the double positive charge enters the soil, it repels hydrogen.”
Van Fleet further explains the role of double positive calcium. He says when the hydrogen is repelled off of the soil colloids, it allows anhydrous ammonia to attach to the colloids, in turn creating a stabilized form of nitrogen. The stabilized form of nitrogen then resides below the crop root system and much higher in the soil profile.
“There’s one thing I feel good about everyday we talk about this – You put both products on the table and say they both did their job, and it wasn’t in yield advantage to one over the other,” Van Fleet said. “The fact that we’re using a product of the Earth to do this, which is so much safer for our environment, drinking water, kids and grandchildren.”
Van Fleet adds “keeping soil bacteria healthy is a major component to achieving high crop yields.” Bacteria acts as the workforce in soil, breaking down fertilizers and nutrients for crop use.
“Another advantage of our product is we never slow down that workforce,” Van Fleet said. “Our workforce is continuously breaking down and mineralizing these nutrients as the plant needs to take up through the roots in a microscopic level, soluble enough that they can take them in.”
Soil management includes constant microbial and bacterial activity in the soil. Van Fleet encourages farmers to balance and support these activities for better results.
More information on nitrogen management and soil health can be found at agxplore.com.