Farmers Make Progress in Keeping Fertilizers Out of Ohio Waterways, but Much Work Remains
Fred Yoder found that applying nitrogen-infused fertilizer to his fields three times in a growing season instead of all at once helped his crops use the nutrient more efficiently, and less nitrogen ended up in rivers and streams.
The move also saves the Plain City farmer money. If fertilizer stays in the soil, he doesn't have to buy as much of it.
Research backs Yoder’s strategic application of nitrogen.
“Timing is one of our best assets in managing nitrogen and keeping it out of the watershed,” said Nate Douridas, farm manager for the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London.
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