Efficiency of fall-banded nitrogen fertilizer in Manitoba: influence of application date, landscape position and fertilizer additives
A two-year study was conducted to investigate the effects of application date, landscape position and a double inhibitor (urease and nitrification) on the efficiency of fall-banded nitrogen (N) fertilizer under Manitoba conditions. At harvest, the effects of landscape position were apparent at three of the four intensive sites, with significantly greater grain yields and total recovery of N in the high landscape positions than in the low landscape positions. Among fertilization treatments, there were no significant differences in crop response within the high landscape positions. In the low landscape positions, grain yields, total N uptake, grain yield increases and fertilizer N use efficiency were highest for the spring and late fall applications, when compared to early fall, mid fall and early fall with inhibitors. Preliminary soil analyses indicate that percent recovery of total inorganic N in the fall and spring was greater for late fall applications than for early fall, and for high as opposed to low landscape positions. However, there was little evidence of substantial disappearance of mineral N over the winter for all application dates, landscape positions, and with or without inhibitors.
wheat (Triticum aestivum)
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