New Fertilizer Technology May Help Farmers Reduce Nitrogen Load (AG Net Radio Network)

New Fertilizer Technology May Help Farmers Reduce Nitrogen Load

In the Suwannee Valley, farmers are diligently searching for solutions, or Best Management Practices (BMPs), to efficiently use fertilizers in crop production. At the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center – Suwannee Valley (UF/IFAS NFREC-SV), a team led by Bob Hochmuth, UF/IFAS Extension regional specialized agent for vegetable crops and assistant center director, has been researching the use of controlledrelease fertilizers as an advanced BMP.

“While controlled-release fertilizers have been around for years, the technology has improved through research discoveries over the past three years,” Hochmuth said. “The research has shown very encouraging results in growing the corn, carrot and watermelon crops important to this region. Controlled-release fertilizers have obtained the same yield and quality compared to conventional fertilizers. In many cases, less nitrogen was applied.”

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