A new publication from Iowa State University Extension explains the energy consumed when producing, transporting and applying nitrogen fertilizer for corn production.
Applying nitrogen fertilizer for corn at recommended rates per acre can improve energy conservation on the farm. A new publication from Iowa State University Extension explains the energy consumed when producing, transporting and applying nitrogen fertilizer for corn production. The new publication, Energy Conservation in Corn Nitrogen Fertilization PM-2089I, is available to download from the Extension Online Store at www.extension.iastate.edu/store/.
This publication shows the energy consumed during the production of nitrogen (N) fertilizer versus phosphorus and potassium fertilizers. It also provides resources to determine recommended N application rates for corn, such as the online Corn Nitrogen Rate Calculator from the ISU Department of Agronomy.
Applying N fertilizer to corn at recommended rates is critical
"Nitrogen fertilizer has a significant impact on energy use for corn production," says John Sawyer, ISU Extension soil fertility specialist and agronomy professor. "Applying nitrogen fertilizer to corn at recommended rates is critical to maximize economic returns, minimize environmental losses and conserve energy."
The publication is part of a series of farm energy conservation and efficiency educational materials being developed through the Farm Energy Conservation and Efficiency educational initiative. The purpose of the initiative is to increase farmers' awareness of farm energy conservation practices. Sponsored by a grant from the Iowa Energy Center, the project is also helping farmers explore alternatives to reduce farm energy demand and to improve their farms' overall profitability in a rapidly changing energy environment.
Iowa State University Extension received a grant from the Iowa Energy Center to carry out the initiative. ISU Extension and the Iowa Energy Center are partnering with Iowa Farm Bureau, the Iowa Office of Energy Independence, USDA Rural Development, Consumers Energy, Central Iowa Power Cooperative, the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives, Alliant Energy and MidAmerican Energy in the effort. To find other publications in the series, go to the ISU Extension Online Store, www.extension.iastate.edu/store, and search for farm energy.