Energy-Efficient Use of Fertilizer and Other Nutrients in Agriculture

This equipment is broadcasting fertilizer to build overall soil fertility. Photo: Andy Harper.


An important way farmers can conserve energy is making efficient use of fertilizers and other nutrient sources. This article will introduce farmers to the concepts of fertilizer energy and efficient nutrient use. It discusses how to optimize fertilizer use by soil testing, fertilizer placement, and application and by using farm manures and cover crops as part of a soil fertility plan. It includes a discussion on …