What is the relationship between greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and yields?
The reduction of GHG emissions from agriculture is essential, to secure food production, as agriculture is also adversely affected by the ongoing climate change. But what about the influence of N-losses on the crop yield?
Although mineral fertilizers can have high CO2 emissions in production, their overall GHG effect is compensated by high yields. Agriculture is one of the industries most contributing to GHG emissions.
How can we mitigate the impact of agriculture on climate change using EuroChem products:
- CO2: Avoid land-use change (e. g. conversion of forest soil into arable land) by raising the outcome of your field using high quality and efficiency fertilizers.
- CO2: Buy a fertilizer produced at modern efficient production plants with reduced emissions (EuroChem operates such high-efficiency plants).
- N2O: Stabilize Ammonium (NH4+) with nitrification inhibitors (NI) to avoid nitrous oxide emissions.
- NH3: Slow down urea hydrolysis with urease inhibitors (UI) to avoid ammonia emissions.
- NO3-: avoid losses by using UI+NI, precision fertilizer application techniques, high quality fertilizers with good spreading properties and apply the 4-R principles.
Inhibited products give farmers a tool, to lower the contribution of agriculture to climate change and allow an efficient nutrient use (more N for crops)
Inhibited products strongly reduce the emission of greenhouse gases and thereby mitigate the effect of climate change on agriculture. Additionally, the reduction of N-leaching and gaseous-losses, results in crop improvement, as more nitrogen available for plant’s uptake stays in the field to ensure bigger yield and higher product quality. Besides, the inhibited products provide higher flexibility in terms of application date. All this makes production systems more economic and ecologic, facilitating compliance with global or local environmental regulations.
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