Reducing environmental footprint can save producers money

Reducing environmental footprint can save producers money
In this video, Kansas State University soil microbiologist Chuck Rice explains how producers can save money by reducing nitrous oxide emissions from corn. (Screenshot from video)
September 20th, 2021 | K-State Research and Extension

MANHATTAN, Kan. — In this video, Kansas State University soil microbiologist Chuck Rice explains how producers can save money by reducing nitrous oxide emissions from corn.

K-State researchers are studying the application of fertilizer and greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production of corn.

“When we have a wet spring, we will have more emissions because the microbes in the soil…produce nitrous oxide,” Rice said.

“(One of) the nitrogen management tools that we have been looking at is timing the nitrogen so that it’s put on at side-dress time. That’s the most effective way. The other is putting the nitrogen on at planting but with nitrification inhibitors, and that’s where we saw the greatest reduction in loss, and more efficiency.”

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