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Limus®

Urease inhibitor

If you want to stop profits escaping, start by choosing Limus®. New to the UK market, Limus® protects urea-based fertilisers, improving nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) by minimising nitrogen losses from volatilisation and ensuring optimal nitrogen is available for your crop. Limus® is available as Limus® protected urea and as Limus® Clear, for use with liquid fertilisers (UAN).

Introducing Limus®:

Limus® is a unique, dual-active urease inhibitor from BASF available as both protected, granular urea and as a tank mix additive for liquid fertiliser (UAN).

  • Limus® protected urea: We have partnered with Bartholomews, COFCO and Thomas Bell, who apply Limus®, a liquid formulation, to their urea granules to produce Limus protected urea
  • Limus® Clear: Available exclusively from Frontier Agriculture, Limus® Clear is a standalone product to be tank mixed with liquid urea containing fertilisers on farm, shortly prior to use

Benefits:

  • Reduces ammonia emissions by up to 98%
  • Increases application timing flexibility
  • Improves yield by 5% vs. standard urea/UAN*
  • Raises performance of urea to the level of ammonium nitrate (AN)
  • Contains two actives for optimal efficacy
  • Offers more than 12 months storage stability

Why Limus®?

We have rigorously tested the efficacy of Limus® in both laboratory conditions and in the field. Across 93 BASF trials, up to 98% reduction was achieved with an average reduction of 70%. Whilst in the laboratory, we have assessed its performance on a range of different soil types. Reductions of up to 98% were also achieved with an average reduction of 83%.

Urea based fertilisers should be applied shortly before rainfall in order to reduce ammonia losses from volatilisation. Traditionally, higher rates are used, or additional applications are made, to compensate for the losses that can often occur. Limus® protected urea fertilisers can be applied independent of weather conditions as they effectively prevent these losses. This not only simplifies fertilisation programmes considerably, it also allows for greater flexibility and a more efficient use of resources.

We have been extensively testing the yield performance of Limus® in the field for a number of years, across a range of crops. Across 107 BASF trials, Limus® protected urea/UAN improved yield by an average of 5%, demonstrating that the reduction in losses achieved with Limus® ensured greater availability of nitrogen for uptake, resulting in higher yields.

As part of the comprehensive DEFRA funded NT26 project, the performance of the urease inhibitor, NBPT (one of the active ingredients in Limus®) was evaluated as an alternative to ammonium nitrate. The project concluded that granular urea plus NBPT matched ammonium nitrate for performance in winter cereals, according to average figures taken from 10 locations.

This result was mirrored across 74 BASF trials where Limus® raised the yield performance of granular urea to the level of ammonium nitrate and calcium ammonium nitrate. These equivalent yields highlight that provided ammonia losses are minimised, urea is as reliable a source of nitrogen as ammonium nitrate.

Limus® is the only urease inhibitor available with two active ingredients (NBPT and NPPT). NBPT and NPPT target different urease enzymes in the soil, thus more effectively protecting the urea from ammonia volatilisation, compared to a urease inhibitor with only one active ingredient. Across 107 BASF trials, Limus® protected urea/UAN delivered 2.2% higher yield than urea/UAN protected with NBPT alone.

The stability of urease inhibitors when added to urea can be limited. Limus® is a liquid formulation and contains our BASF patented polymer technology, providing longer a.i. stability on urea granules compared to generic NBPT and 2-NPT formulations. Even at 20°C Limus® is stable for more than 12 months, giving confidence that even if purchased a year in advance, Limus® protected urea will still work effectively.

The innovative, liquid formulation negates the need to apply additional active ingredient during the production process to compensate for potential losses during storage. It also enhances the movement of the actives into the granule, further helping to prevent losses during application. During abrasion tests 97% of the actives remained on the granule.

Suppliers of Limus® protected urea

Limus® protected urea is available from:

Suppliers of Limus® Clear

Limus® Clear is available exclusively from Frontier Agriculture:

How Limus® works:

Limus® in action:

The benefits of two active ingredients

Limus® Clear Summary Sheet

Limus® Clear Summary Sheet

For an overview of Limus® Clear and application rates, please find a summary sheet here.

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Limus® Clear

Limus® Clear

Limus® Clear is an innovative urease inhibitor for mixing with urea ammonium nitrate (UAN) in the spray tank during filling.

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Limus® Protected Urea Summary Sheet

Limus® Protected Urea Summary Sheet

For an overview of Limus® protected urea, please find a summary sheet here.

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Limus® Brochure

Limus® Brochure

For further information on nitrogen losses and Limus®, please find our brochure here

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