Most farmers in the region would prefer to then apply their nitrogen to soils with a full moisture profile to maximise the benefit to the crop of their fertiliser investment... The decision will have to be made sooner for some than others - many growers ordered urea six months ago when prices were low; they now need to decide whether to accept those orders and apply their usual rate to their full farming area, or let those early orders go and take more expensive product when it does decide to rain... The upside of applying nitrogen in dry conditions is that it will remain in the soil until activated by rainfall and infiltrate down the profile, whereas applying fertiliser N to a full moisture profile can lead to high gaseous losses through ammonia volatilisation and denitrification in the event of further heavy rainfall and waterlogging as it has nowhere to go...
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