Nitrogen use in soil applications
Urea is the most commonly used nitrogen fertilizer, not only due to its high concentration but also its ease of use. However, its chemical nature contributes to nitrogen loss after application to varying degrees based on the type of soil and weather conditions.
These losses occur during urea hydrolysis in the soil, which is catalyzed by the enzyme urease, and results in ammonia gas (NH3) and ammonium ions (NH4+) being produced and released into the atmosphere.
Technology for nitrogen use efficiency
NITRO XTEND® is DISAGRO’s nitrogen technology, which can be applied at the exact time that a plant requires higher nitrogen input. In most weather conditions, and under similar management conditions, the nitrogen use generated by NITRO XTEND® will be higher than that of conventional urea.
The technology offered by NITRO XTEND® works by temporarily blocking urea hydrolysis, significantly reducing losses through nitrogen volatilization in the form of ammonia gas.
Better protection from the time of application
When NITRO XTEND® makes contact with the soil, its technology blocks the active site of the enzyme urease, thus delaying hydrolysis of the fertilizer and reducing nitrogen loss through volatilization.
Compared with urea, NITRO XTEND® reduces application costs by optimizing the cost per unit of nitrogen used, increasing nitrogen use efficiency in the plant, which translates into higher production.
The advantages of this technology are:
- More nitrogen available to crops.
- Lower cost per unit of nitrogen used.
- Lower applications costs, as it is not necessary to incorporate the fertilizer.