23 October 1998

YOUR FERTILISER NOUS COULD WIN TOUR TO US

ARE you an enterprising, forward-thinking producer? Are you making best use of fertiliser to help protect the environment and safeguard margins? And would you like a study tour to the USA up to the value of £4000 tailored exclusively to fit your agricultural interests?

If the answers to those questions are yes, then enter the 1999 Nitram Award. Terra Nitrogen, the NFU and FWAG, in association with farmers weekly, are looking for progressive livestock producers and managers to enter this years award which aims to highlight best fertiliser practice throughout the UK.

Judges will be looking for producers who are determined to secure the long-term viability of their business, while being aware of, and responding to environmental issues.

Last years winner, Ian Sanday, manager at Rodbaston College Farm, Staffs, dovetails livestock and arable enterprises to ensure optimum milk and cereal yields.

Attention to detail, use of slurry analysis and quantifying savings from slurry injection ensured that Mr Sandays balance of manure and fertiliser N remains accurate – typifying the focus on best fertiliser and business practice that judges will be looking for. The prize is a tour to the USA, tailored to meet whatever you would like to study.

If you fit the bill – and would like a study tour to the USA – answer the multiple choice questions by circling the correct answer, then fill in the entry coupon on this page and send it to Judith Robson, Terra Nitrogen (UK) Ltd, Florence House, Pearson Court, Teesdale Park, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 6PT by November 27, 1998.

All correct entrants will receive a Terra baseball cap and a more detailed entry form to complete, looking at fertiliser use and business plans for your particular farm. From this, judges will make farm visits to select five regional award winners. After a further farm visit, a national winner will then be selected for the overall study tour prize. &#42

will be looking for. The prize is a tour to the USA, tailored to meet whatever you would like to study.

If you fit the bill – and would like a study tour to the USA – answer the multiple choice questions by circling the correct answer, then fill in the entry coupon on this page and send it to Judith Robson, Terra Nitrogen (UK) Ltd, Florence House, Pearson Court, Teesdale Park, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 6PT by November 27, 1998.

All correct entrants will receive a Terra baseball cap and a more detailed entry form to complete, looking at fertiliser use and business plans for your particular farm. From this, judges will make farm visits to select five regional award winners. After a further farm visit, a national winner will then be selected for the overall study tour prize. &#42

FW/Terra Nitram Award for Best Fertiliser Practice 1999

Please circle the correct answer in the following questions:

1. Slurry is a valuable source of nitrogen when;a) applied in autumnb) applied in springc) applied to frozen ground

2. The optimum rate of nitrogen fertiliser is;a) that above which no extra yield can be obtainedb) that above which no extra yield can be obtained economicallyc) that advised by my salesman

3. The main reason to tray test your fertiliser spreader is;a) it ensures you are applying the correct rateb) it allows you to spread to 24 metre bout widthsc) it allows the machine to be set for even application

4. When keeping fertiliser out of hedgerows and field boundaries you are: (please circle ALL correct answers to this question);a) saving moneyb) protecting and encouraging wild flowersc) losing yield potentiald) not endangering water coursese) preventing volatilisationf) creating a beetle bank

5. Recommendations say you need 130kg/ha nitrogen. How much of a 34.5%N product should you apply;a) 375 kg/hab) 188 kg/hac) 4 bags/acred) 2.6 bags/ha

Correctly completed entries will receive a Terra baseball cap and a farm questionnaire before further judging.

Name

Address

Return to; Judith Robson, Terra Nitrogen (UK) Ltd, Florence House, Pearson Court, Teesdale Park, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 6PT by November 27, 1998.

RULES

1. Only farmers in England, Wales and Scotland who derive most of their income from livestock and who have supplied a completed entry form

questionnaire to Terra Nitrogen are eligible.

2. The Nitram Award for Best Fertiliser Practice will be awarded to the

producer who, in the judges opinion, has most successfully balanced

profitable livestock production, responsible fertiliser practice and concern for the environment.

3. The award carries a first prize of a study tour to the USA tailored to the winners agricultural interests to the value of £4000.

4. Awards will be made in spring 1999.

5. The decisions of the judging panel are final, and no correspondence can be entered into.

6. Closing date for completed multiple choice entry forms is November 27, 1998. Entries should be sent to Judith Robson, Terra Nitrogen (UK) Ltd, Florence House, Pearson Court, Teesdale Park, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 6PT by November 27, 1998.