Optimize Your Nitrogen Management With This Portfolio

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As a farmer, you know just how important nitrogen is on your operation. You know that the right amount of nitrogen is essential for you to grow the yield you want and get the best possible return on investment. You also know that nitrogen is one of your most expensive inputs each season and that it is vulnerable to loss the moment it’s applied.

At Corteva Agriscience, we understand this too. That’s why we’re launching a Nutrient Maximizers business portfolio in time for the 2022 growing season. This business will offer a suite of reliable products to protect your nitrogen investment, as well as expertise to help optimize nitrogen management on your farm.

As part of this effort, customers will be able to access a specialized support team dedicated to helping farmers protect their fertilizer investments who pair industry leading products with cutting edge technologies to build innovative and sustainable solutions.  

What Are Nutrient Maximizers?

It’s no secret that fertilizer prices are volatile and that you’re, very likely, paying a lot more for your nitrogen now than you were just a few years ago. Reports have shown UAN and urea costs have more than doubled since 2020 and anhydrous ammonia costs have more than tripled. A Nutrient Maximizer is a solution that can help you get the max out of that very expensive investment.

The Nutrient Maximizers from Corteva Agriscience include both nitrogen stabilizers – which protect a farmer’s nitrogen fertilizer from loss – and a nutrient efficiency optimizer – which is an alternative nitrogen fixation product.

“As fertilizer prices continue to fluctuate, it’s vital that farmers protect their bottom line with a strategic nutrient management program,” says William Wynn, U.S. product manager, Nutrient Maximizers, Corteva Agriscience. “The Nutrient Maximizers portfolio offers a comprehensive suite of options to properly manage nitrogen on their operations.”

There are currently four products in the Nutrient Maximizers portfolio, offering you the ability to tailor the solutions you use to fit the way you farm:


Benefits for Farmers

The Nutrient Maximizers portfolio will offer you benefits beyond a customizable suite of nitrogen management solutions. 

“One the most exciting aspects of this effort is that Corteva will be hiring a team of technical experts who have a background in, and passion for, nutrient management to work with customers,” says Justin Dikeman, U.S. portfolio marketing leader, Nutrient Maximizers, Corteva Agriscience. “The team will provide local insights and recommendations that are customized by geographical needs in collaboration with current in-market teams.”

“Another exciting aspect of this portfolio creation is that the products offered will help enhance farmers’ sustainability efforts. The nitrogen stabilizers prevent the loss of nitrogen into the environment, both the air and water,” says Wynn. “In addition to the nitrogen stabilizers, Utrisha N nutrient efficiency optimizer is a sustainable biologicals solution.” 

Here’s a closer look at how each product can help you protect your natural resources:

  • Optinyte® technology, which powers N-Serve and Instinct NXTGEN, prevents nitrogen loss below ground from leaching and denitrification. Optinyte it also proven to:1
    • Reduce leaching by 16%.
    • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 51%.
    • Promote 28% greater soil nitrogen retention. 
  • PinnitMax TG is shown to prevent nitrogen loss above ground from volatilization for up to 14 days, giving it more time to be used by crops instead of escaping into the environment.
  • The bacteria in Utrisha N capture nitrogen from the atmosphere, converting it to ammonium for crops to use. The bacteria cannot be removed or washed away and live and grow within the crops throughout the growing season. Most importantly, in terms of sustainability, the bacteria do not overproduce nitrogen, making the solution environmentally friendly.


A Leader in Nitrogen Management

Above all the benefits this portfolio provides, the most important is that it will help you manage nitrogen to optimize yield potential for the best possible return on investment. 

“Corteva Agriscience has been a leader in the nitrogen management industry for decades. We are thrilled to continue that leadership with this portfolio, which is comprised of products that consistently deliver results,” says Dikeman. “In fact, Optinyte technology, which powers N-Serve and Instinct NXTGEN, has more than 45 years of trusted experience shaping the nitrogen stabilizer category. These products are proven to increase yield by an average of 5.2% when used with spring nitrogen applications and by an average of 7% when used with fall applications.”1

The right amount of nitrogen is essential for maximum yield potential. However, nitrogen is susceptible to loss – from leaching and denitrification below ground and volatilization above ground – the moment it’s applied. Ensuring nitrogen is in the root zone when corn needs it most for optimal yield potential is a nuanced effort that requires reliable products and technical expertise. You will have access to all of those with this new business portfolio.

To learn more about the Nutrient Maximizers portfolio, you can talk with your local ag retailer. You can visit also visit the the portfolio website on Corteva.us for further information.


1Wolt, J. D. 2004. A meta-evaluation of nitrapyrin agronomic and environmental effectiveness with emphasis on corn production in the Midwestern USA. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems. 69: 23–41.

Instinct NXTGEN®, PinnitMax® TG and Utrisha N are not registered for sale or use in all states. Contact your state pesticide regulatory agency to determine if a product is registered for sale or use in your state. Do not fall-apply anhydrous ammonia south of Highway 16 in the state of Illinois. Always read and follow label directions. 

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