Simple changes help Montana wheat farmers retain more nitrogen

Sometimes farmers’ dollars literally evaporate into thin air. SARE logo

Take fertilizer for example: If not applied properly, up to 40 percent of urea fertilizer can escape into the atmosphere as ammonia gas, through a process called volatilization. In “a landmark study,” Montana State University researchers found that some fairly simple changes in fertilizer application methods can significantly reduce nitrogen volatilization. Now, no-till wheat farmers in the state are better able to minimize this economic loss and source of air pollution. Watch the story of this farmer-researcher collaboration:

Or, read the full article that appeared in SARE’s 2015/2016 Report from the Field.

For more information about the SARE grants that supported this work, see the project reports for grant SW10-050.

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