Bags of nitrogen fertiliser

How to get the most from your nitrogen

Nitrogen fertiliser efficiency in warm, dry weather is reduced and losses can be costly in more ways than one – affecting your bank balance, the environment and the quality and quantity of your crop.

With nitrogen prices up to three times higher than in 2020 and supply likely to be limited until at least 2024, the latest fertiliser technology could help save you money, reduce your environmental impact and maintain yields.

Ammonium nitrate (AN) is the go-to nitrogen fertiliser for British farmers, but it has been difficult to come by in recent months mainly due to sanctions on Russia and huge increases in the price of natural gas.

Many European producers have been forced to reduce or halt production of AN, reducing the amount available to the UK market.

For our procurement team this has meant thinking outside the box to make sure all our farmers get what they need.

Introducing our inhibited urea

Inhibited urea is a treated urea nitrogen fertiliser offering 46% N and incorporating the latest technology, meaning more reaches the crop. It is applied to each granule via a state-of-the-art applicator at our Newport manufacturing facility.

Ammonia loss, known as volatilisation, is a global environmental problem with DEFRA estimating 17% of agricultural ammonia emissions are caused by fertiliser applications.

While not a direct greenhouse gas, ammonia (NH3) effects the environment and represents a financial loss for farmers. Using a urease inhibitor allows it to be converted into ammonium slowly, reducing losses to the atmosphere.

Plus, urea-based fertiliser is not subject to the same strict storage regulations of ammonium nitrate as it is not classed as ‘hazardous’ by the Fertiliser Industry Assurance Scheme (FIAS).

How is urea produced?

Urea is manufactured by mixing natural gas, atmospheric nitrogen and water together at high temperature – around 500°C - and pressure to produce ammonia and carbon dioxide.

The gases are then reacted at high temperature and pressure to produce molten liquid urea which is then cooled and made into granules for use in agriculture.

NEW Inhibited NPKS fertilisers

We are taking a unique approach by combining this latest technology with our Power Blends which are a concentrated range of fertilisers produced using high quality raw materials.

Urea with 46% N has the highest nitrogen content of any fertiliser, which makes it the perfect option when producing this unique range. Due to the manufacturing process, urea is cheaper to produce than ammonium nitrate which makes it far cheaper per KG of N as a result.

Available products:

• 46% N

• 40-0-0+14s03

• 38-0-0+19s03

• 23-11-11+7s03

• 30-6-6+7s03

• 23-6-15+7s03

• 30-12-0+7s03

Bespoke grades are available upon request - subject to minimum order size.

Why is it called an inhibitor?

This is a chemical compound that blocks the activity of the enzyme urease. Urease is found in soil as well as in plant residues.

Urease, along with water, will convert urea into ammonium. The N loss a urease inhibitor protects against is ammonia volatilisation.