At Corteva Agriscience, it is our top priority to ensure our products provide proven, reliable returns on farmers’ investments. This is especially important with our nitrogen stabilizers, as it can be difficult to visualize exactly how these solutions benefit corn acres. That’s why we continually test these products — and work closely with trusted universities to trial our stabilizers and share the results.
Throughout the 2023 growing season, the Corteva Nutrient Maximizer Sales Team partnered with Dr. Dan Quinn, assistant professor of agronomy at Purdue University, to perform several trials of Instinct NXTGEN® nitrogen stabilizer. Trial objectives were to gather the following data: corn yield, plant nitrogen uptake and soil nitrogen availability on plots that received nitrogen treated with Instinct NXTGEN nitrogen stabilizer versus plots that were left unstabilized.
We sat down with Quinn to discuss his initial findings on those 2023 trials using Instinct NXTGEN nitrogen stabilizer. Altogether, Quinn and his team conducted 13 total treatments and four replications of each treatment. The varying treatment types represent the most common nitrogen application scenarios that take place in Midwest cornfields. Both urea and UAN 28% fertilizer treatments were represented in these scenarios.
Quinn and his team are still gathering and analyzing the data before final research results are published, but preliminary results suggest two key trends:
More comprehensive results will be published early next year, but overall, Quinn said he is impressed with how Instinct NXTGEN nitrogen stabilizer performed in a year with highly variable weather conditions.
“Nitrogen is a farmers’ biggest investment in corn production, so we need to do everything we can to protect it,” Quinn said. “These initial trial results show that Instinct NXTGEN is doing what it’s supposed to — slowing the nitrification process and keeping nitrogen in the ammonium form for the corn crop to use.”
The Corteva Nutrient Maximizer Sales Team plans to partner with Quinn on further trials at Purdue University in 2024. So stay tuned for detailed 2023 results and updates from 2024 in upcoming MaxFacts articles. In the meantime, you can watch this video to learn more about how Instinct NXTGEN nitrogen stabilizer, powered by Optinyte® technology, works to protect your fertilizer investment: <Insert How Optinyte works video:
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