406-3 Evaluation of Boron Produced As Seed-Core Urea for Urease Inhibition.
Ammonia volatilization loss was a major N loss pathway under both the upland and flooded conditions accounting for losses of 34% and 51% of applied urea-N, respectively under the conditions of the experiment. The method of production of urea products containing B did not influence the NH3 volatilization loss. All B seed-core urea products were effective in reducing ammonia volatilization losses; however, when compared with urease inhibitors, NBTPT and CHPT, they were less effective. Under the upland condition, B seed-core urea gave as much as 37% lower NH3 volatilization loss than urea during the first 5 days, compared to only 17% lower volatilization loss after 17 days. Similar results of 37% and 10% lower NH3-N losses were obtained with flooded soil for first 5 days and after 15 days, respectively. Throughout the entire experimental period, losses of ammonia from soil treated with B seed-core urea were significantly lower than losses of ammonia from the same soils with urea applied alone. While there was no decline in the effectiveness of B seed-core urea products, the NBTPT product showed significant loss of activity during the 12-month storage period. Among the B products 0.5% B as boric acid was as effective as 2% B as borax in reducing volatilization losses.
The single high rate of urea-N application (200 kg N ha-1) and the absence of a crop in this study may have influenced the effectiveness of B as a urease inhibitor, and most likely resulted in higher ammonia volatilization loss.