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From the field: #Plant20 update with Doug Sibbitt

As growers across Canada and the U.S. head into the heart of planting and seeding season, ESN Marketing Representative Doug Sibbitt provides an update of what he is seeing in his …

Melissa Huizenga
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Diagnosing nitrogen deficiencies

Nitrogen is one of the primary nutrients for plant growth along with phosphorus and potassium. When moisture is adequate, nitrogen encourages the plant to grow faster, accumulate more biomass, and increase …

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ESN, your insurance against nitrogen loss

Growers are aware that nitrogen is subject to loss (leaching, denitrification, volatilization), which can cost yield and profits. Nitrogen loss can be particularly challenging with the wild weather growers have experienced …

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Smart canola nitrogen management

Proper nitrogen nutrition of canola is critical to high yields and overall plant health, including the photosynthetic factory that converts solar energy to proteins, starches and oil. If too much nitrogen …

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The nitrogen cycle, explained

Nitrogen is one of the most essential nutrients for plant growth. Although nitrogen gas in the atmosphere represents the largest quantity of the nutrient in the environment, it’s unavailable to most …

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Life Cycle of the ESN Smart Nitrogen Granule

There is one nutrient all plants need to grow, and that’s nitrogen. Nitrogen comes in many forms and is often found in the soil. However, most farmers fertilize their crops to …

Melissa Huizenga

Retailers share their perspectives on ESN Smart Nitrogen

Ag retailers are well-versed in the unique crop input needs of their customers, based on the local crops, geography, soil types and more. We’ve spoken with several ag retailers over the …

Melissa Huizenga
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ESN’s role in your forage fertility program

Are you looking for a way to reduce the risk of nitrogen loss and supply nitrogen to forage grasses during the winter growing season? Cool-season forage grasses are very responsive to …

Melissa Huizenga
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Is ESN safe for my seeds?

Your seeds have maximum yield potential when put in the ground – from there, it’s up to your management and mother nature to maintain that potential. When placing nitrogen with seed, …

Melissa Huizenga
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Finding the perfect nitrogen blend

Every year, farmers evaluate planting options and associated cost. Nitrogen (N) is an essential input cost for which every farmer must account and plan. Nitrogen cost can influence the fertilizer source …

Melissa Huizenga
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Storing and handling your ESN: tips for success

To get the most out of your ESN, you already know to follow proper application guidelines as they relate to your region and crop. It’s often just as important to follow …

Melissa Huizenga
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Maximizing your ROI with ESN

When evaluating if ESN is the right choice for your crops, the question shouldn’t be the cost, but the return on investment (ROI). ESN has been proven to offer a better …

Melissa Huizenga

Busting the myths around ESN: Growing season edition

From pre-plant to fall and over-winter applications, we’re busting seasonal ESN myths. Soil temperature, heavy rain, fall applications and freezing all top the list in this edition of busting the myths …

Melissa Huizenga
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What is responsive nitrogen?

Growers are faced with many options when making their nitrogen decisions, including the source, rate, timing and application method. When considering such a valuable input, growers should demand a nitrogen that …

Melissa Huizenga

Using ESN in Combination with Anhydrous Ammonia

The harvest of 2018 was challenging in many corn and soybean growing areas in North America. In some areas, weather conditions pushed corn and soybean harvest into 2019 and prevented fall …

Melissa Huizenga
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The role of nitrogen in a sustainable farm plan

Nitrogen management can be one of the most costly and frustrating aspects of running a farm – equal parts science, luck and hope. It can be a hair-pulling exercise when weather …

Melissa Huizenga

Top 7 yields robbers for potatoes

Potatoes are the fourth-most produced crop on the planet after corn, wheat and rice. Even though we grow them in high volumes, several factors can potentially limit the maximum potential of …

Melissa Huizenga
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Tips for Nitrogen in Cotton

Nitrogen is an incredibly important and valuable element of good cotton production, but must be carefully managed for optimal crop performance. Too much nitrogen can ruin fiber quality, increase pest problems, …

Melissa Huizenga
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Winter Wheat & ESN

Now is a good time to start planning for nitrogen topdressing for winter wheat. Wheat takes up around 2-2.5 pounds of nitrogen per bushel produced. Shortages in nitrogen could result in …

Melissa Huizenga
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Ask the Agronomist – Top Questions & Answers for Corn

Did you know that ESN’s original design concept was created with corn in mind? Corn was ESN’s primary target market because it was the largest nitrogen market in North America. As …

Melissa Huizenga

Meet E.S. Nitrogen, The Harder Working Nitrogen

When it comes to nitrogen fertilizer there are many options to choose from — but what if there was a nitrogen that could reduce nitrogen loss while giving your crops the …

Melissa Huizenga
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How the new Farm Bill benefits ESN growers

Language in the new Farm Bill, signed into law late December 2018, gives explicit recognition to enhanced-efficiency fertilizers (EEFs) and recognizes their innovative technology and environmental benefits. EEFs are forms of …

Melissa Huizenga
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Celebrating 20 years of ESN

With new crop input and fertilizer products coming out all the time, we at Nutrien take pride in sharing that ESN® SMART NITROGEN® has been in the field in broadacre agriculture …

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ESN on the air

Our ESN team of experts and agronomists love the opportunity to share ESN’s unique features and benefits with growers across the country. Recently, at the annual NAFB (National Association of Farm …

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Busting the Myths Around ESN: Part 2

Last year, we shared a few of the most common myths around ESN and gave you the facts, straight from the source. This time, we’re tackling more myths, like how ESN …

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Understanding Nitrogen Loss: Denitrification

Denitrification is one of the three major forms of nitrogen loss in plants. If water ponds on warm soil early in the growing season or the soil becomes oxygen deprived, nitrogen …

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Understanding nitrogen loss: Volatilization

In addition to leaching and denitrification, volatilization is one of the three main nitrogen loss mechanisms. Volatilization is the loss of applied nitrogen to the atmosphere as ammonia gas. To understand …

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Storing ESN on your farm over winter

With delayed harvests across Western Canada and the U.S. putting a kink in fall plans, many growers may find themselves out of time to fall-apply ESN. Even if you can’t get …

Melissa Huizenga
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A Smart Choice for Retailers

More control over input costs If you are an ESN retailer looking to help your customers manage their input costs, remind them that buying ESN at the same time they purchase …

Melissa Huizenga

ESN celebrates Global Fertilizer Day

On October 13, we join the international agriculture community in celebrating Global Fertilizer Day. This day recognizes the vital role of fertilizers in feeding a growing world with sustainable, nutritious food. …

Melissa Huizenga

Should I fall apply ESN?

Weather plays a major role in the efficiency, profitability and overall success of your farm. As you know, spring often brings the challenges of hectic schedules, volatile weather conditions and unfavorable …

Melissa Huizenga

Understanding and Preventing Nitrogen Leaching

If you farm in a region with coarse, well-drained soils, chances are you’ve faced the threat of leaching. Many growers combat leaching with additional nitrogen applications, which are costly and time-consuming …

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Ask The Agronomist – Top 3 Questions & Answers

If you have questions about nitrogen application, chances are someone else does too. Check out the top three Ask the Agronomist questions and answers submitted to ESN this year. I haven’t …

Melissa Huizenga

The Right Time for ESN on Soybeans

When it comes to soybeans, it may seem a little unusual to talk about nitrogen application. As a legume crop, soybeans can fix their own nitrogen from the atmosphere, but under …

Melissa Huizenga

Smart Growers Share Their ESN Experiences

Growers across North America are seeing positive results in their fields from ESN Smart Nitrogen. We asked followers of @smartnitrogen on Twitter to tell us why choosing ESN was the smart choice …

Melissa Huizenga

Get More Control Over Your Input Costs

If you are an ESN customer looking for the best way to manage your input costs, buying ESN at the same time you purchase urea for the season makes perfect economic …

Melissa Huizenga

Managing nitrogen in extreme weather conditions

Many Midwest farmers have noticed that rainfall in recent years seems to come in more intense storms. United States weather data reported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration confirms the …

Melissa Huizenga

Top 5 Yield Robbers for Corn

From the time cropping is planned for the year, one of the many things growers have on their minds are yield numbers, and how they can either maintain or increase yield …

Melissa Huizenga

Inside The Science – Controlled-Release Nitrogen Explained

ESN Smart Nitrogen is a controlled-release fertilizer composed of 44 percent nitrogen that responds to the same environmental cues as your crops. ESN’s polymer membrane allows moisture to diffuse into the …

Melissa Huizenga

Protect your nitrogen in volatile weather conditions with ESN

Spring brings unpredictable conditions for growers, often bringing drought or excess moisture as growers are preparing to get into the field. 2018 is shaping up to be no different, with several …

Melissa Huizenga

Protein Pays with ESN

Wheat growers know that increased yields are only part of the story when it comes to increasing ROI and profitability in their acres. As an important nutrient for new tillers, shoot …

Melissa Huizenga

Enhanced Efficiency Fertilizers: What are they and how do they work?

Enhanced efficiency fertilizers (EEFs) are forms of fertilizer, including nitrogen fertilizers, designed to reduce nutrient losses to the environment and increase nutrient availability to crops. These fertilizers can either slow the …

Melissa Huizenga

Feeding the world from the palm of your hand

How will we sustainably feed 9 billion people by the year 2050? That question is becoming common in agriculture, yet it’s something most of our population has never considered. That is …

Melissa Huizenga

Busting the Myths around ESN

ESN Smart Nitrogen is a nitrogen granule coated with a flexible polymer. While it has been available for use in broad acre farming for some time, there are still some myths …

Melissa Huizenga

Nutrient Stewardship New Year’s Resolutions

The beginning of a new year is an ideal time to reflect on the past year’s accomplishments and set goals for growth and improvement for the coming year. While you may …

Melissa Huizenga

Over winter storage of nitrogen fertilizer

Fertilizer is an investment. You purchase it to increase soil health and yields, and you rely on it to perform well in the field. If you decide to purchase N now …

Melissa Huizenga

Fall-applied ESN on winter forages

Ensuring winter forages have a boost of nitrogen (N) in the fall before the ground freezes while still providing the correct amount of N for crops in the spring is a …

Melissa Huizenga

Cut Nitrogen losses with ESN

Farmers are responsible for making important, difficult decisions daily. A farming operation is a business and farmers make economic choices that affect their bottom line, always looking for products that protect …

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ESN on Manitoba potatoes

Potatoes are a high-value crop that require management and attention. Nitrogen (N) needs for potatoes depend heavily on a variety of factors including season length, potato variety, and the environment. When …

Melissa Huizenga

The intricacies of fall-applied nitrogen

For growers who applied their nitrogen (N) in the fall, the pressing question come growing season is how much N remains on the field – especially with higher than usual moisture …

Melissa Huizenga

Cotton needs its nitrogen

Nitrogen is one of the primary nutrients needed by cotton plants, and is one of the most costly inputs in cotton production. In cotton, N is essential for the development of …

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It’s all in the blend

There’s a solution for growers looking to provide their crops with a boost of nitrogen (N) fertilizer at the time of planting and later on in the season as well – …

Bryce Webster

A 4R Focus on Timing

Farms across North America have been buzzing with the opportunity to become better stewards of the environment and potentially increase yields by adopting the 4R principles or nutrient stewardship. What does …

Bryce Webster

One-pass: No Problem

One-pass fertilizer application gives growers an easy-to-see and quantifiable advantage. When growers refer to one-pass application, they’re talking about the practice of applying fertilizer and seed simultaneously in the same row …

Bryce Webster

Responsive to temperature – just like your crop is

Temperature is an important environmental factor in growers’ management decisions. Though growers rely on temperature to drive crop growth, it can make the application and timing of fertilizer challenging. “Crops grow …

Bryce Webster

Be SMART about moisture stress

When a farmer plants a crop the end-result depends on countless variables. Moisture is the leader of the pack when it comes to erratic factors affecting seed germination, crop growth, and …

Bryce Webster

Nitrogen provides a boost to soil health

A recent study in Iowa found that nitrogen (N) fertilizer provided a boost to carbon and organic matter in the soil across the state of Iowa. Longtime convention held that N, …

Bryce Webster

Spring Application Flexibility and ESN Smart Nitrogen

Too early, too late, too cold, too wet – these are just a few of the risks facing growers applying nitrogen from a conventional source. Increasingly volatile weather conditions are changing …

Bryce Webster

The Nth Degree

Do soybeans need a nitrogen nudge? Pushing the soybean to another yield level may require additional nitrogen. Ted Shambaugh is testing the theory on his family’s central-Illinois farm. When it comes …

Bryce Webster

What weather means for your nitrogen

Increasingly volatile weather conditions are changing how farmers handle their crop nutrients, including nitrogen (N), a key crop nutrient that is significantly affected by weather. As the weather patterns change, some …

Bryce Webster

How technology is changing the face of nitrogen management

Supplying crops with the optimum amount of nitrogen can be difficult, especially with constantly changing variables like weather and soil content. And with the vast amount of land growers work with, …

Bryce Webster

Smart Talk Podcast #6 – Looking Ahead to 2017

Over the past 5 episodes we’ve learned how ESN Smart Nitrogen is helping crop farmers maximize their nitrogen investment with this unique controlled-release product. On this episode your host Chris Forrest …

Bryce Webster

Smart Talk Podcast #5 – Fall Application

Episode #5, Fall Application, looks at how ESN can reduce the stress brought on by unpredictable spring weather when it comes time to get out and seed and apply nutrients. By …

Bryce Webster

Smart Talk Podcast #4 – Proof From The Field

Episode #4, Proof from the Field: The Power of Optimized Nitrogen brings us proof from the field with respect to Nitrogen application. Boosting yield, increasing sustainability, managing ROI – it all …

Bryce Webster

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 …

Bryce Webster

Top-dressing Corn

Nitrogen (N) top-dress can provide an economic return on investment, can improve N-use efficiency and can provide greater flexibility to adjust for changing growing conditions. Top-dressing N is often preferred over …

Bryce Webster

6 Tips for Smarter Nitrogen Management

Nitrogen is one of the most limiting nutrients in crops. Although there is no one-size-fits-all approach to nitrogen management

Bryce Webster

Smart Growers & Nutrient Stewardship

Maintaining sustainable business practices has always been a priority for growers in the agriculture industry. It ensures that their land can produce quality crops and keep their business profitable for generations …

Bryce Webster

Nitrogen Fundamentals – Understanding Nitrogen Loss

Why Nitrogen? Nitrogen (N) is one of the primary essential plant nutrients.  It is required in large amounts for high-yielding, quality crops.  It is critical throughout a plant’s lifecycle. Plants require …

Bryce Webster

Hungry Canola – Feeding your bottom line

Supplying canola crops with the nutrients they need – when they need it – is a key factor for increasing yields. By following the 4Rs (right rate, right time, right source, …

Bryce Webster

ESN Smart Talk Radio

ESN Smart Talk Radio features 45-minute conversations about progressive agriculture: the place where challenges are met with bold, inspiring ideas. Growers, industry experts, agricultural associations, and ESN representatives from across the …

Bryce Webster

ESN Missouri Plot Tour

With its variable landscape, low organic matter and susceptibility to wet weather and flooding, the Greenley Memorial Research Center near Novelty, Missouri offers ideal conditions for studying nitrogen (N) loss in …

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Mississippi soybeans get a boost from Smart Nitrogen

Trials of ESN use on soybeans have shown an average yield increase of 6%, according to Dr. Bobby Golden of Mississippi State University’s Delta Research and Extension Centre. “This is the …

Bryce Webster

2015 Field Days in Illinois

Between June 24th and September 10th, 2015, Illinois growers and related members of the agricultural industry will attend 11 field day events at various locations across the state, all hosted by …

Bryce Webster

Top science for the bottom line

Canadian Canola growers have a new tool to help them in their mission to increase productivity and profitability. The Canola Council of Canada (CCC) recently launched the Canola Research Hub – …

Bryce Webster

Smart nitrogen, productive soil

Soil is the ultimate foundation for healthy crops and wholesome food production. In recognition of this, the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) named 2015 the International Year of …

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Farmers – our original innovators

In farming, innovation isn’t just about trying new things – it’s a matter of survival. Whether it’s embracing new technology, or adapting to changing weather and economic conditions, farmers have always …

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Deep roots, strong values

In an industry where technology shifts in the blink of an eye, some things remain constant. “Agriculture has changed a great deal in the last few decades due to new technologies. …

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Good advice, good yields

Making smart input choices in the technologically complex agriculture industry is challenging. Many growers have found the path to success is paved with good advice – from trusted crop advisors. Brad …

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