Farmers use fertilizers to replace the nutrients lost at each harvest and restore soil balance. If the supply of nutrients in the soil is insufficient, crops aren’t able to withstand harsh weather or disease, and the lack of nutrients in the soil will negatively affect crop health.
Urea is a colorless, odorless, crystalline substance with 46% nitrogen content, the highest of any dry nitrogen fertilizer on the market. Urea’s high nitrogen content makes it highly water soluble, which increases its effectiveness as a fertilizer. This high nitrogen content also translates to lower application costs.
The main crop nutrients are nitrogen (N), phosphate (P) and potassium (K) all of which are typically found in fertilizer blends with varying percentages of N, P and K. The main nitrogen products are ammonia (A), ammonium nitrate (AN), UAN and Urea.
Urea can be applied in many different ways, including sophisticated aerial distribution, spreader machinery and by hand. For aerial distribution, urea is considered the best nitrogen fertilizer option because of its high nitrogen content and uniform granules. These characteristics support accurate calibration and even spread across a field.