13 December 1996

Balanced slurry promises cost cuts

REDUCED fertiliser costs are promised by a new fertiliser which aims to balance the nutrients supplied by cattle slurry for first-cut silage.

Slurry Balancer, which has an analysis of 28-3-8, is said to broadly match the requirements of grass destined for first-cut silage over the life of a ley, says manufacturer Kemira.

ADAS soil scientist Peter Damp-ney says that the new product will add to fertiliser compound choice and allow producers to match their requirements more accurately. "But this product wont necess-arily suit all fields," he says. "Producers should still calculate fertiliser requirements using slurry type, analysis, timing of application and quantity applied – in conjunction with the soil analysis for that particular field." &#42