Nitrogen is an integral macronutrient for the growth and development of plants. Nitrogen as it enters the soil is taken up by bacteria and converted into other forms of nitrogen for plant uptake. Availability is dependent on soil moisture, temperature, and bacteria and fungi activity in the soil. Excess nitrogen is washed away after heavy rain fall.
Nitrogen management strategies ensure optimum productivity, reduce nitrogen losses, enhance economic profitability and water quality. Farmers in Manitoba and Saskatchewan make key decisions on formulation, rate, timing, and placement of fertilizer nitrogen that are suitable for soils, climate change, and farming operations within which they operate.
The watershed district has funding opportunities to help producers adopt nitrogen management practices. Various aspects of nitrogen management are funded. Contact us for a funding assessment for your nitrogen management project.