Understanding the nitrogen cycle helps reduce losses
In my last article, I started to describe the importance of understanding the nitrogen cycle. I talked about mineralization — the conversion of organic matter to plant-available nitrogen — and nitrification, the conversion of ammonium to nitrate.
In this article, I will continue on with two additional areas of the nitrogen cycle: volatilization and leaching. Both are natural nitrogen loss mechanisms that can greatly impact the amount of nitrogen available for the crop.
There are four ways nitrogen ...
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