Dow AgroSciences is in the final stages of bringing a yet-to-be-named nitrogen stabilizer to the market. This new product uses a patent-pending microencapsulation process that allows it to be applied much like a foundation herbicide.

It contains the same active ingredient that is in N-Serve nitrogen stabilizer — nitrapyrin. The stabilizer helps control soil bacteria that begin nitrification.

“The product sits on the surface but, once incorporated, starts to work by preventing the conversion to nitrate and keeping the nitrogen available to the corn plant,” explains Adam Manwarren, product manager with Dow AgroSciences.

Under a special use exemption, growers in Iowa are using the product this season on approximately 2,000 acres. “We will have demonstration plots out this summer and fall in both the UAN and manure application markets,” Manwarren says.

The product should be available for sale throughout the Midwest in spring 2009, pending federal and state registrations.