Enhanced Efficiency Fertilizer Technologies to Reduce Nitrous Oxide Emissions from Cropped Soils in Prairie Canada

IPNI-2014-CAN-4RC08

Background: This request for funding is in response to a call by the Canadian Fertilizer Institute. The call is for bridge funding in the year 2014 for researchers involved in the proposal submitted to the AAFC AlP Program, "A Canadian Research Network to Improve 4R Nutrient Stewardship for Environmental Health and Crop Productivity". The purpose of the bridge funding is insuring a start of research activities in 2014 in anticipation of moving ahead in 2015 on the AlP project. Read more


Year of initiation:2014
Year of completion:?
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Interpretive Summary

This prairie province-wide project seeks to assess the environmental and agronomic benefits achieved through grower adoption of enhanced efficiency nitrogen (N) fertilizer technologies, applied in the fall or spring. The application of N fertilizers to agricultural land, and resulting emissions of nitrous oxide (N2O), have been identified as a major driver impeding greenhouse gas reductions for the agriculture sector.

This Prairie Province-wide project seeks to assess the environmental and agronomic benefits achieved through grower adoption of enhanced efficiency N fertilizer technologies, applied in the fall or spring. The application of N fertilizers to agricultural land, and resulting emissions of nitrous oxide (N2O), have been identified as a major driver impeding greenhouse gas reductions for the agriculture sector.

Activities in 2014 included the development of a plot-scale anhydrous ammonia applicator to be used in the project. An old anhydrous ammonia applicator tank was re-fitted and a plot seeder was modified to pull the applicator cart and accept hosing and mounting of the flow controller. The whole system was safety checked and approved for use by Transport Canada was obtained. Personnel completed NH3 safety training and obtained applicator certification. All this was completed by October 2014.

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Updates & Reports

2014

Project Description


Project Leader

Mario Tenuta, University of Manitoba


Project Cooperators

None


IPNI Staff

T. Jensen


Location

Americas \ Northern America \ CAN \ Manitoba


Topics

4r research fund

Nitrogen (N)