Originally Posted by Tap
Lime as soon as feasible.
The first number in the fertilizer is nitrogen and nitrogen loses it strength when exposed to the elements. Either work nitrogen into the soil prior to planting or wait until the plants are a few weeks old and then fertilize just before a substantial rain... 1/2 inch of rain or more.
Yep. Urea (46-0-0) needs to be "rained in" where as ammonium nitrate does not. FWIW, the "new" 34-0-0 (11%S) around is about half urea and half ammonium sulfate. The only ammonium nitrate we can get now is calcium (lime) coated thanks to terrorists not knowing how to correctly apply fertilizer, which drops the analysis down to 27-0-0.