Source: Koch Agronomic Service news release
CENTURO, a next-generation nitrification inhibitor for anhydrous ammonia and UAN from Koch Agronomic Services (Koch), is now available in Canada. With CENTURO, growers of any nitrogen-using crop will benefit from being able to start anhydrous applications earlier in the fall.
“The primary reason growers will want to apply CENTURO is that it helps keep the nitrogen in the ammonium form three times longer than untreated ammonia,” said Dr. Rigas Karamanos, senior agronomist for Koch in Canada. “With such a narrow window for anhydrous applications, being able to apply fall anhydrous ammonia earlier can make a big difference for farmers.”
With fall-applied anhydrous ammonia, the longer window of protection means growers can begin applying two to three weeks earlier than normal when soil temperatures are 15 degrees Celsius and dropping.
Multi-site studies show nitrogen use efficiency improved by 25 percent
Research proves CENTURO keeps more nitrogen in the root zone which maximizes the availability of this valuable nutrient for crop uptake. In 12 replicated third-party studies conducted across four U.S. sites, data showed CENTURO improved nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) by up to 25 percent.1 By improving NUE, growers can minimize the inputs needed to produce the highest yield possible.
The performance of CENTURO gives farmers the opportunity to further enhance their operations to align with fertilizer best management practices. CENTURO supports 4R Nutrient Stewardship as its advanced technology helps the nitrogen to be in the right place, keeping the nutrient where the crop can best utilize it.
Canadian growers understand the importance of sustainable environmental solutions. The 4R Nutrient Stewardship framework, developed by Fertilizer Canada, helps growers minimize environmental concerns related to agriculture while maximizing their economic benefits. Part of that process is utilizing science-based best management practices to match nutrient supply with crop requirements, and nitrification inhibitors are an option that growers can choose to minimize nutrient losses from fields.
Proven nitrogen stabilizer offers multiple operational efficiencies
CENTURO is easy-to-use and offers storage flexibility while providing operational efficiencies through its low freeze point, long shelf life and non-combustibility.
• CENTURO will not freeze as long as temperatures remain above -23 degrees Celsius. The low freeze point allows more flexibility for storage options during the winter.
• CENTURO is noncorrosive to the metals used in anhydrous and UAN equipment, so it does not need stainless steel tank storage and can be stored for up to two years without degrading. It’s also not hard on equipment, saving on down time caused by corrosion.
• The product is also noncombustible, eliminating the need for explosion-proof equipment and special warehouse storage that other inhibitors may require.
“Our global team of chemists and agronomists working together with growers and university researchers have spent about a decade developing this technology to make growers’ nitrogen investments more efficient,” said Michael Berry, director of product marketing for Koch. “The operational efficiencies of CENTURO benefits both retailers and growers alike. The ability to start applying earlier in the season combined with the ease of handling and noncorrosive properties make this product a good fit for Canada.”