Benefits of Fall Fertilization

One of the biggest nitrogen management decisions a grower may face is whether to apply fertilizer in the fall or wait until the spring. With the right N source and the right conditions, these four benefits of fall fertilization make the decision a no-brainer:

1. Spring seeding efficiency – with your nitrogen already in place from the previous fall, you have more time to focus on preparing your field for spring seeding.

2. Soil conditions – soil conditions are generally less wet in the fall than in the spring so there is less risk of soil compaction.

3. Storage – you won’t have to store your fertilizer over the winter because it is purchased and applied in the fall.

4. Time – post-harvest isn’t as hectic as spring seeding so you have more time to focus on an efficient nitrogen application.

When you apply ESN before freeze up you’ll have one less big chore come spring. ESN is also convenient to apply. It’s compatible with no–till operations and it’s easy to blend. It even has a wider application window in both the spring and the fall. You decide when you want to apply it.

Due to colder temperatures in the winter, ESN will remain inside the coating until spring thaw. When spring temperatures begin to rise, N release will resume, releasing over 50 to 70 days at a soil temperature of about 68°F. ESN offers peace-of-mind because you know the N you apply in the fall will still be available to your crops when they need it in the spring.

ESN’s controlled–release matches crop demand, which can boost yields by an average of 5-10% – and even as much as 30%. That’s more dollars in your pocket. And that’s the best kind of smart there is!

For more information and to view local crop results visit smartnitrogen.com.

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