You’re driving through the township on a sunny summer day and you happen to notice yellow corn in your field. And then you see patches of yellow corn in the neighbor’s field. In agronomy, our first thought is, “That corn that needs more nitrogen.” Yellow corn is a common marker of a nitrogen deficiency, but, as with many crop issues, it can pay to look deeper for a root cause. For example, the assumed nitrogen deficiency could actually be the result of an oxygen deficiency.
In the video you’ll find on this page, I’ve highlighted one nitrogen stabilizer in action—CarbonWork’s CetaiN, which we’ve tested for just over two and a half years. As the company name suggests, CetaiN is a carbon-based product, which is directly linked to solving the oxygen deficiency I mentioned above. You can add CetaiN to UAN or impregnate it onto urea. In the video, you see me conducting a jar test in which I simulate applying CetaiN with 28 percent UAN at a usage rate of 6 ounces per 16 gallons of water per acre.
CetaiN’s combination of carbon, hydrogen energy, and molecular oxygen has proven its ability to drop pH closer to neutral and boost a product’s oxygen reduction potential. What does this mean? In order to prevent your nitrogen application from leaching away before your plants can use it, the nitrogen has to be strongly bonded to the soil near the plants’ root zone. In ammonia form, nitrogen has to exchange with oxygen through biological processes. More specifically, three hydrogen atoms must exchange with two oxygen atoms. By adding oxygen to the solution with CetaiN, you’re giving the nitrogen the ability to convert into a plant-available form more quickly.
This is why yellow corn may actually be the result of an oxygen deficiency: the nitrogen you apply isn’t being converted fast enough and is leaching away. Especially in saturated soils, there may not be enough oxygen present to convert the needed number of hydrogen atoms to create more available nitrogen.
Why carbon? At AgRevival, we’ve tested carbon products for more than nine years. They consistently outperform rival products that depend on calcium or other salts when it comes to delivering and holding nutrients in the soil. This is because carbon can hold a positive or negative charge. It’s nature’s ideal carrier molecule.
CetaiN is the latest in a long line of carbon products that we believe will make a positive impact on your operation. The video on this page will show you just how quickly CetaiN can boost a mixture’s oxygen reduction potential and stabilize its pH. CetaiN is available today and, as always, if you have any questions about how this revolutionary nitrogen stabilizer can benefit your operation, feel free to give us a call or drop us a line.
To learn more about CarbonWorks CetaiN, go to www.carbonworks.com.