Help with paper-based fertiliser records

Help with paper-based fertiliser records

Thursday, April 2, 2009

A new Tried & Tested nutrient management plan has been developed to help farmers plan their fertiliser and manure use, meet increasing regulatory demands and protect the environment.

The plan offers practical advice to aid better record-keeping. It means crop nutrition needs are more easily met and, by optimising fertiliser use, farmers will potentially save money.

Work by leading industry organisations the AIC, CLA, FWAG, LEAF and the NFU also includes a new website www.nutrientmanagement.org - which will provide examples of best practice, as well as downloadable Tried & Tested worksheets plus a wealth of other information and advice tools on nutrient management.

A series of workshops and events will take best practice from the Tried & Tested plan in England over the next two years. This is all part of a partnership project with the England Catchment Sensitive Farming Delivery Initiative to make nutrient management advice more widely available.

The industry group said: "Fertiliser use is becoming increasingly complex - and expensive. This Tried & Tested approach is just what the industry needs to provide a simple, practical way to plan and record nutrient use. It will take farmers through the process of nutrient management planning and complements the DefraFertiliser Manual (RB209) and  the latest guidance leaflets for NVZs.

"The plan should be particularly valuable for livestock farmers in making better use of manures to help ensure their farms are more cost effective and minimise any potential adverse impacts on the environment."

Included in theTried & Tested Nutrient Management Plan publication is:

  • Season-by-season planning notes for the whole farm including arable and grassland crops
  • A series of worksheets covering crop management planning as well as recording field applications of both manufactured fertilisers and manures
  • Useful contacts for more information creating a more comprehensive guide to good practice in nutrient management.

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