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Instinct nitrogen stabilizer from Dow AgroSciences receives EPA approval

Dow AgroSciences just received EPA approval for use of Instinct for sidedress nitrogen applications up to the V6 growth stage.

June 4, 2012

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Corn growers may now use Instinct Nitrogen Stabilizer from Dow AgroSciences for sidedress nitrogen applications up to the V6 growth stage. Dow just received EPA approval to use Instinct in this manner.

“This new application window provides growers with an additional opportunity to protect even more of their nitrogen applications, all the way up through sidedress,” says John Demerly, portfolio marketing leader, Dow AgroSciences. “Growers can make more nitrogen available longer, reducing the chances of nitrogen deficiency late into the season, which can impact yield. And with our current corn prices, every bushel protected can add to the bottom line.”

Many growers apply nitrogen as a sidedress application with UAN, urea and liquid manure, he says. This extended application time for Instinct gives growers the ability to inhibit nitrification, which occurs through leaching or denitrification. When incorporated with the nitrogen application, Instinct treats the soil within the root zone to ensure nitrogen is available during key stages of corn growth, which can lead to greater yield potential.

Last year, Instinct obtained section 24(C) Special Local Needs Registration in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, permitting sidedress applications in those states.  Since its introduction in August 2009, growers have used Instinct to protect nitrogen at the root zone.

According to data from the 2011 Purdue University Crop Cost & Return Guide, almost 35% of growing expenses are related to fertilizer. Instinct can help to enable the applied nitrogen to be more efficient and cost-effective by reducing nitrification.

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