Custom Sidedressing

Sidedressing corn offers producers a more flexible and environmentally sound approach to their nitrogen application. Since corn uses the majority of its nitrogen requirement in the later stages of development, sidedressing provides less chance for nitrogen loss through leaching or de-nitrification.

Sidedressing nitrogen generally reduces the amount of N loss that can occur through de-nitrification or leaching. The most efficient way to side dress is to inject N into the ground between rows of corn using a knife or coulter. Anhydrous ammonia, UAN solutions, and urea can all be used to side dress nitrogen. Broadcasting urea without incorporation and surface dribbling UAN can result in substantial nitrogen losses and should be avoided if possible.