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Corn + Ammonia Nitrate = Shazam wizbang bang boom!

Discussion in 'Gardening On Your Homestead' started by CrealCritter, Jul 9, 2018.

  1. Jul 9, 2018
    CrealCritter

    CrealCritter Almost Self-Reliant

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    Nothing I know of says: "hello - wake up and grow" to a patch of sweet corn more than ammonia nitrate does.

    It's nice now too - I bought a 50 lb bag and I didn't have to supply my personal identifable information (driver's license) for the gov to track. The feed mill where I bought said that regulation went away with the new administration :)
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    Before - Notice the color of green the leaves are (pale).
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    After side dressing at a rate of 3lbs coffee can full per 30' row. Now all we need is a good soaking rain - which is forcast later this evening (maybe).
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    I'll post another picture about a week after the first good rain. So you can see what ammonia nitrate does.
     
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    NH Homesteader

    NH Homesteader Super Self-Sufficient

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    Dare I ask why you had to share you personal information previously? Is it used to make meth or something? Or am I really negative, lol
     
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    frustratedearthmother

    frustratedearthmother Sustainability Master

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    Only know this because of the Oklahoma bombing about a hunnert years ago... but it can be used to make explosives.

    "At 9:02 a.m. (14:02 UTC), the Ryder truck, containing in excess of 4,800 pounds (2,200 kg) of ammonium nitrate fertilizer, nitromethane, and diesel fuel mixture, detonated in front of the north side of the nine-story Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. 168 people were killed and hundreds more injured."

    I think they kept real close track of it for awhile.
     
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    NH Homesteader

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    Ah, gotcha. Sounds familiar now that you mention it.
     
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    CrealCritter

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    Makes sense... But I only buy like 50 to 100 lbs a year and I use it to grow vegatables not to mix it with off road diesel so it goes boom.
     
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    Joel_BC

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    Interesting. As far as I've seen, what's sold up here as "46-0-0" is urea, rather than ammonium nitrate. Synthetic urea, rather than animal excreted.
     
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    baymule

    baymule Sustainability Master

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    Watching with interest. I bought a small bag of some organic labeled fertilizer. It contains feather meal, chicken poop and various other things, along with trace minerals. I read the ingredients and figured the "organic" was a big fat lie. Unless the chickens that donated their feathers and poop were raised "organic" and fed "organic" feed, that stuff is not organic. But I have to say, after putting a tablespoon on each corn plant, they turned dark green and started GROWING.
     
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    CrealCritter

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    I tried urea a few years ago because I didn't want to give the gov my personal information and be put on some God only knows what kind of "watch list". Urea is a pain in the behind to use. Because most of it escapes into the air when it's hit with water. So you have to dig a pretty deep trench, lay in the urea then rake soil over top of it and pack it down tight. I mean I don't have all freaking day to fertilize my corn.

    I've also tried other types of high nitrogen fertilizers again with limited sucess and they are pretty much the same as urea, they have to be burried to get the full benefits.

    Ammonia nitrate is much easier just lay it right on top of the ground and your done. When it rains, It soaks right into the soil were the feeder roots can soak it up.

    I know there is a big concern about people mixing it with off road diesel to make bombs and blow stuff up. But that's not what I use it for. I'm not some stupid jack ass, toys in the attic crazy loon with 1/2 a brain who wants to hurt people.


    Ammonium nitrate is a dry granular material manufactured by reacting nitric acid with anhydrous ammonia. The reacted material is concentrated, prilled and coated to prevent caking. In ammonium nitrate, one-half of the nitrogen is in the nitrate form, and the other half is in the ammonium form.
    Ammonium nitrate is the preferred form of nitrogen fertilizer when it is to be applied on the soil surface and not incorporated. It does not volatilize as free ammonia, except on high pH soils. Ammonium nitrate use has declined in recent years and is being replaced by urea, which is less expensive and easier to store and maintain. Under the right conditions, ammonium nitrate can become explosive
     
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  9. Jul 13, 2018 at 12:53 AM
    Beekissed

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    And the good part about that is that you need never apply it again! It will remain in the soil and be taken up by your crops for a quarter of a century...longest lasting fertilizer I ever heard of!

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3831475/

    These trees fed on a single dose for 15 yrs!

    https://www.fs.usda.gov/treesearch/pubs/20029

    These folks don't seem to like the stuff, though.

    https://grist.org/climate-energy/ni...-not-just-because-it-could-blow-up-your-town/

    And these folks REALLY don't like it....

    https://www.southlandorganics.com/blogs/news/17982096-health-effects-of-synthetic-fertilizer
     
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    CrealCritter

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    Awesome deal, apply once good for 15 years :). Seriously I kind of thought I would get some backlash because it's not organic. its ok though I can take it...
     
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