INDIANAPOLIS – (June 13, 2016) – Nitrogen fertilizer is essential for growing many agricultural crops, including corn and wheat, yet can leach into groundwater and away from where it is needed for crop growth. Instinct® nitrogen stabilizer from Dow AgroSciences, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), was developed to help farmers protect their crop yields as well as the environment by helping to keep nitrogen in the root zone. Today, the company’s achievement with nitrogen stabilization has won a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award.
Dow AgroSciences has previously won four U.S. EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards for agricultural technology, illustrating the company’s emphasis on developing sustainable solutions and delivering breakthrough innovations in line with Dow’s 2025 Sustainability Goals.
“Instinct is designed to make nitrogen fertilizers work more effectively for farmers and the environment,” said Tim Hassinger, President and CEO, Dow AgroSciences. “We build sustainability into our product development process, and this national recognition speaks to our focus and commitment to advance products that address pressing challenges in an environmentally sustainable way.”
On the market since 2010, Instinct can be conveniently utilized with commonly used fertilizers to stabilize applied nitrogen. It has enabled broad adoption of nitrification inhibitor use in the United States as part of nutrient management programs.
In less than five years, acres treated with stabilized nitrogen have grown more than five-fold. In 2014 alone, based on calculated adoption in the U.S., it is estimated that Instinct use added about 50 million bushels of additional corn production and reduced carbon dioxide equivalent emissions by about 664,000 MT.
Farmers are working to keep their farms productive for generations to come, and award-winning nitrogen management products like Instinct can support the long-term health of their soil and water resources. Dow AgroSciences partners with farmers around the globe to achieve this vision, as the award-winning technology found in Instinct is also currently available in a number of regions outside the U.S., including the European Union, Canada, Australia, and China under the brand names N-Lock™ and eNtrench™.
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