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Research Project: Innovative Fertilizer Research for Improved Crop Nutrient Use Efficiency and Reduced Environmental Impacts

Location: National Programs

Project Number: 0500-00109-001-000-D
Project Type: In-House Appropriated

Start Date: Apr 19, 2021
End Date: Apr 18, 2024

Determine the ability of innovative fertilizer technology to improve nutrient use efficiency of applied fertilizer for crop production and decrease nutrient loss to the environment.

Provide funding to ARS locations to conduct research on: sensor-based, data-driven precision fertilizer application systems that are adapted to different microclimate and soils; soil amendments that include Enhanced Efficiency Fertilizers (EEFs), bio-stimulants, manure, or biochar; targeted experiments to investigate soil nutrient dynamics in connection with the soil microbial as well as soil mineralogy; and behavioral economics studies to identify determinants of market acceptance and producers’ adoption of proposed innovations.