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Pouring It On

Nitrate Contamination of Drinking Water

Table 9: Nitrogen fertilizer use is heaviest in the Corn Belt, Texas, and California

February 1, 1996

Pouring It On: Table 9: Nitrogen fertilizer use is heaviest in the Corn Belt, Texas, and California

State Tons Nitrogen Used
Alabama 103,838
Alaska 3,391
Arizona 82,860
Arkansas 289,571
California 559,795
Colorado 159,300
Connecticut 8,042
Delaware 20,635
Florida 227,339
Georgia 224,494
Hawaii 16,828
Idaho 202,985
Illinois 884,438
Indiana 498,084
Iowa 883,477
Kansas 665,572
Kentucky 199,206
Louisiana 172,508
Maine 6,595
Maryland 73,172
Massachusetts 14,401
Michigan 264,572
Minnesota 632,101
Mississippi 168,260
Missouri 371,912
Montana 142,985
Nebraska 718,570
Nevada 7,071
New Hampshire 3,186
New Jersey 23,769
New Mexico 36,672
New York 99,933
North Carolina 222,770
North Dakota 576,819
Ohio 590,579
Oklahoma 321,323
Oregon 149,945
Pennsylvania 92,256
Rhode Island 1,715
South Carolina 84,589
South Dakota 172,398
Tennessee 166,596
Texas 886,603
Utah 28,139
Vermont 4,959
Virginia 97,406
Washington 222,876
West Virginia 8,089
Wisconsin 211,416
Wyoming 104,662
National Use 11,719,949

Source: Commercial Fertilizer Use: 1995 (Terry 1996).