Nitrogen Stabilizers

Up to 50% of applied nitrogen fertilizer can be lost through volatilization, denitrification, leaching, and runoff before plants have a chance to use it. Active AgriScience nitrogen management solutions inhibit nitrogen loss in urea and UAN fertilizers ensuring your investment does not go to waste.

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What Causes Nitrogen Loss?

There are two causes of nitrogen loss: ammonia volatilization and nitrification. Ammonia volatilization occurs when urease enzymes convert nitrogen fertilizer to ammonia gas which is then released into the atmosphere. The second cause of nitrogen loss is nitrification where bacteria in the soil transform N fertilizer into its more unstable form: nitrate. Nitrate is prone to losses through run-off, leaching, and denitrification.


How to Prevent Nitrogen Loss

Active AgriScience nitrogen stabilizers inhibit either volatilization, nitrification, or both. ARM U 18% NBPT, ARM U 30% NBPT, and Active STABILIZER inhibits volatilization while ARM U 15% DMPP neutralizes the bacteria that causes nitrification. Active STABILIZER PLUS is a dual nitrogen stabilizer that reduces both forms of nitrogen loss.

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Nitrogen Stabilizer Research

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Active AgriScience nitrogen stabilizers are backed by years of 3rd party scientific research. Our latest study from the University of Manitoba found significant nitrogen savings in urea treated with Active AgriScience N stabilizers. Using 9 different products and rates with a banded application, an average of 84.4% nitrogen was saved over a 14 day period with compared with untreated fertilizer.

Nitrogen Stabilizer Treatment Calculator

Calculate the amount of nitrogen stabilizer treatment required based on your fertilizer type and weight. This tool also includes an ROI calculation based on your crop and price per bushel.

Which Nitrogen Stabilizer Should I Use?

Active AgriScience nitrogen stabilizers are suited for any climate, soil type, or budget. Colder climates with low rainfall will benefit more from our NBPT products while our DMPP products will be more effective in warmer environments and higher moisture. Our Active STABILIZER brand is a low cost solution with significant nitrogen loss protection. ARM U is our premium nitrogen stabilizer made for high N loss situations.

30% NBPT 18% NBPT No NBPT 12% NBPT 12% NBPT
1.2 – 1.5 L / tonne of urea 2 L / tonne of urea 0.6 L / tonne of urea 1.2 – 2.4 L / tonne of urea 1.2 – 2.4 L / tonne of urea
Inhibits ammonia volatilization Inhibits ammonia volatilization Inhibits nitrification Inhibits ammonia volatilization Inhibits ammonia volatilization and nitrification
For use in colder environments with low rainfall For use in colder environments with low rainfall For use in warmer environments with high moisture For use in colder environments with low rainfall For use in warmer environments with high moisture
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Environmental Benefits of Nitrogen Stabilizers

An often overlooked concern with nitrogen loss are the nitrous oxide emissions from the denitrification of nitrogen fertilizer. Nitrous oxide is a greenhouse gas nearly 300 times more potent than carbon dioxide and can live in the atmosphere for over 100 years.

Active AgriScience DMPP based nitrogen stabilizers inhibit the processes that lead to nitrous oxide emissions.

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Nitrogen Management Funding

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On February 22, 2022, $182.7 million was distributed to 12 different recipient organizations on behalf of Canada’s On Farm Climate Action Fund (OFCAF). This was to provide direct funding to growers who adopt management practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from nitrogen fertilizer.

Contact your local recipient organization to potentially receive funding for nitrogen management practices.

One of the OFCAF’s recipient organizations, the Canola Council, offers financial support through their Canola 4R Advantage program. If you run a farm in the Canadian Prairies, you could be reimbursed up to $12,000 each year for adopting beneficial management practices (BMPs) that reduce greenhouse gases. Active AgriScience nitrogen stabilizers are currently listed as eligible for the program.


Learn More About Our Nitrogen Stabilizers

Nitrogen management is the key to both improving farming efficiency and reducing its environmental impact. To learn more about how our nitrogen stabilizer technologies work, watch the video below.