Field-level comparison of nitrogen rates and application methods on maize yield, grain quality and nitrogen use efficiency in a humid environment.

Ma, B.-L. and Biswas, D.K. (2016). "Field-level comparison of nitrogen rates and application methods on maize yield, grain quality and nitrogen use efficiency in a humid environment.", Journal of Plant Nutrition, 39(5), pp. 727-741. doi : 10.1080/01904167.2015.1106556  Access to full text

Abstract

Appropriate nitrogen (N) management practices are of critical importance in improving N use efficiency (NUE), maize (Zea mays) yield and environmental quality. A six-year (2005–2010) on-farm trial was conducted in Ottawa, Canada to assess the effects of N rates and application methods on grain yield and NUE. In four out of the six-year study, grain yield increased by 60–77 kg ha−1by sidedress, compared to 49–66 kg ha−1for each kg N ha−1applied at preplant. Grain yield response to N between the two strategies was similar in the other growing seasons. Sidedress strategy required 15 kg N ha−1less of the maximum economic rate of N (MERN) than preplant application. Our results indicate that sidedress application of 90–120 kg N ha−1with a starter of 30 kg N ha−1resulted in greater yield, grain quality and NUE than preplant N application in this cool, humid and short growing-season region.

Date modified: