One method to judge nitrogen (N) loss is to calculate an estimate. Predicting the exact amount is quite difficult as many factors affect losses. However, estimates can provide guidance for supplemental N applications. Excess rainfall this spring occurred in two “periods.” The first arrived early. Loss during that time should have been moderate compared to the same situation that has occurred this late spring. In the early spring, soils were colder, so conversion to nitrate and denitrification was slower. However, wet soils in late spring are warmer and have been saturated for a prolonged period. This significantly increases the chance for loss.
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