July 5, 2022
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North Dakota Fertilizer and Chemical Usage Report

North Dakota farm operators applied nitrogen to 100 percent of the potato acres in 2010,according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service, North Dakota Field Office. Phosphate was applied to 89 percent, potash to 84 percent, and sulfur applications covered 44percent. Comparison data for potato acreage came from 2005. During 2005, nitrogen andphosphate were applied at 100 percent, potash 96 percent, and sulfur 54 percent.

During 2010, nitrogen was applied to 100 percent of the corn acres. Phosphate was applied to94 percent, potash 53 percent, and sulfur applications covered 8 percent. Comparison data forcorn acreage came from 2005. During 2005, nitrogen was applied at 99 percent of the cornacreage, phosphate 94 percent, potash 38 percent, and sulfur 8 percent.

Metribuzin was the most commonly used herbicide for potatoes, covering 66 percent of the2010 acreage while Rimsulfuron covered 38 percent. Eighty-nine percent of the acreage inNorth Dakota were treated with herbicides. Chlorothalonil and Mancozeb, each used on 83percent of the potato acreage, were the most popular fungicides. During 2005, Metribuzin wasapplied to 47 percent of the potato acreage, Rimsulfuron 38 percent, and Pendimethalin 37percent. The fungicide Chlorothalonil was applied to 78 percent of the potato acrage in 2005.

Glyphosate iso. salt was the most commonly used herbicide for corn, covering 86 percent ofthe 2010 acreage. Other herbicides used were Atrazine at 26 percent, Acetochlor at 17percent, and Glyphosate pot. salt at 11 percent. During 2005, Glyphosate iso. salt was themost commonly used corn herbicide for corn, covering 56 percent of the corn acreage. Othercommonly used corn herbicides in 2005 were Atrazine at 20 percent, Dicamba (Sodium salt)Difluefenzopyr-sodium, and Nicosulfuron at 18 percent.

The agricultural chemical use estimates in this report refer to on-farm use of commercialfertilizers and pesticides on targeted crops for the 2010 crop year. The farmers operating thesampled fields were personally interviewed late in the growing season or after the farmoperator had indicated that planned fertilizing and pesticide applications were completed. Foradditional information on Ag Chemical Usage at the state or national level visit the Quick StatsDatabase at http://www.nass.usda.gov/Surveys/Guide_to_NASS_Surveys/Chemical_Use/.

Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, North Dakota Field Office

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