We’ve got it in the blue bag.
Decades of research from the UK and Europe prove, beyond any doubt, that the agronomic in-field performance of Nitram® is far superior to all other N sources.
CF latest trials comparing Nitram with urea proved this yet again where Nitram outperformed urea by 0.4t/ha.
LOOK AT THE EVIDENCE
1. THE CODE OF GOOD AGRICULTURAL PRACTICE
The code provides advice to UK agriculture on best practice so it’s no surprise to see AN (Nitram) as the recommended N source for all British farmers.
Nitram feeds your crop what it needs, it reduces on-farm ammonia losses, and improves your carbon footprint as well.
2. WHAT ABOUT INHIBITED N SOURCES?
Searching for the best Solid N source may lead you to consider inhibited urea options. Whilst these products can improve the performance of standard urea, they certainly do not perform as well as Nitram (AN) and are not as reliable.
See the losses for yourself:
Nitram is always the best, most reliable choice. If you are considering a urea inhibited N source, then be sure to ask these questions:
- Single or double inhibitor (urease and/or nitrification)
- Organophosphate or polymer based
- Application and timing limitations
- Cost of inhibitor
You can read more on Searching for the BEST Solid N Source here.
3. THE IMPACT OF QUALITY
They say the proof of the pudding is in the eating, but for imported AN fertilisers then it’s all about the user experience and results. Many farmers find the short term cost benefit can be quickly eroded by variable quality and lack of product consistency from batch to batch, resulting in difficulties in spreading.
Rob Briscoe is a contractor serving many farmers in both arable and grassland situations using the latest spreading equipment. He says it’s a real eye opener and he learns a lot simply by looking at how different products perform through the spreader and states how:
4. WHY DO OVER 75% OF BRITISH FARMERS USE SOLID RATHER THAN LIQUID FERTILISERS?
Again, we see the same clear evidence from the NT26 research programme, that Nitram (AN) outperforms both liquid and inhibited liquid with a 0.3t/ha yield increase.
THIS IS WHAT THE RESEARCHERS SAY:
ADAS Pete Berry confirms “Growers should be aware of possible efficiency variation between N products, for example, the AHDB funded review, reference: 3110149017, showed that liquid UAN yielded 0.1 to 0.4 t/ha less than solid AN at the same N rate."
Practical issues must be a consideration when making such a major system change so be sure of the facts and consider:
- How much are the overall farm fertiliser costs?
- How much Nitrogen and Sulphur needs applying?
- How many applications do you make?
- What yields are you achieving and is there room for improvement?
- Is crop quality important?
- What impact does the fertiliser system have on my machinery costs?
- What would be the consequence of a major spillage on the farm?