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CCE Nitrogen Index Tool

The effectiveness of nitrogen fertilizer in maximizing agricultural production and increasing economic returns for farmers has led to its widespread use. However, when this element is applied to a farming system, it can enter the surrounding environment via atmospheric, surface and leaching pathways. Consultants, extension agents, farmers, and other stakeholders need tools than can be used to quickly calculate the risk of nitrogen movement into the environment. The Nitrogen Index can assist users in making these assessments by integrating data on a series of management practices, weather conditions, soil characteristics and off-site factors. This tool has been tested using data from different agroecosystems across the United States, China, Mexico, Argentina, a Mediterranean region in Spain, and the Caribbean. It has performed well in comparing the effects of different management practices on nitrogen losses by distinguishing practices with high and very high risk levels from practices with medium, low and very low risk levels.

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USDA Agricultural Research Service
Product Type
United States Department of Agriculture
Contact Name
Delgado, Jorge
Contact Email
Public Access Level
Primary Article

Delgado, J., Shaffer, M., Hu, C., Lavado, R., Cueto-Wong, J., & Joosse, P. et al. (2008). An index approach to assess nitrogen losses to the environment. Ecological Engineering, 32(2), 108-120.

AgID: 11113
Funding Source(s)
Agricultural Research Service
Program Code
005:037 - Department of Agriculture - Research and Education
Bureau Code
005:18 - Agricultural Research Service
Modified Date
Release Date
Ag Data Commons Keywords: 
  • Agroecosystems & Environment
  • Agricultural Economics
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