Did you know that around 75% of ammonia emissions from agriculture come from livestock systems, and 22% from fertiliser.
Your farm can reduce its ammonia emissions by understanding where the losses occur. Implementing a nitrate-based solution is one of the easiest ways to reduce ammonia losses from fertiliser, and if fully implemented could reduce European ammonia emissions by 10% right now.
Yara nitrate-based fertilisers have been made for farmers who want to reduce ammonia emission losses. The benefits are:
Cost for the farmer
Ammonia losses represent a direct reduction in nitrogen available to drive yield. Nitrate-based fertilisers provide a more predictable and healthy nitrogen supply
Cost to society
More than 6 billion euros per year are spent on healthcare to treat respiratory illnesses caused by ammonia emissions.
Damage to the environment
Ammonia travels long distances as air pollution and contributes to the acidification of land and water
Volatilisation losses from Urea 13.1%
The use of urea inhibitors can lower emissions from urea by 70% on average, but vary between a 40-90% reduction. *reference: EMEP emission factor
Volatilisation losses from Nitrates 1.32%
Choosing ammonium nitrate remains the most reliable decision for reducing ammonia emissions. *reference: EMEP emission factor
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