Impact of banding enhanced efficiency nitrogen fertilizers on nitrogen use efficiency in agriculture

A suite of enhanced efficiency fertilizers (EEFs) have been developed in response to poor nitrogen (N) use efficiency in agriculture; but mechanistic understanding to support their effective utilization is not well developed.

In particular, banding N-fertilizer creates a vastly different biochemical environment to broadcast and/or incorporated applications, influencing the efficacy of EEFs. This paper presents findings from laboratory and field experiments, thereby informing the effective utilization of EEFs under banded application with respect to soil physico-chemical properties.