All articles about Nutrition and fertiliser

Advice, case studies and insights on good nutrient management and fertiliser application for the best crop yields and quality. Get tips on when and how to apply nitrogen fertiliser to keep costs down, how to avoid nutrition deficiencies, problems such as lodging and how to achieve good sulphur levels for healthy soils.

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COVER CROPS

How to pick the right cover crop mix this autumn

Interest in cover crops in the UK has been on a steep upward trajectory for several years, driven by their ability to right some of the environmental wrongs in cropping…

NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

Norfolk farm sees the benefits of liquid nitrogen switch

One large Norfolk arable farm is seeing the benefits of a switch to using liquid nitrogen in terms of accuracy and flexibility, although it is too early to link the change to…

NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

How to improve OSR establishment with seed-bed fertiliser

An early application of nutrients, delivered by either a starter or traditional fertiliser product, can help to achieve quick emergence and growth of an oilseed rape crop. At establishment, the…

CROP MANAGEMENT

3 grower-led trials that will benefit arable farms

More than 30 groups of farmers are carrying out their own research in the Innovative Farmers initiative, on topics ranging from electrical weeding to improving soil health. Richard Allison picks…

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NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

Norfolk farm sees the benefits of liquid nitrogen switch

One large Norfolk arable farm is seeing the benefits of a switch to using liquid nitrogen in terms of accuracy and flexibility, although it is too early to link the change to…

NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

How to improve OSR establishment with seed-bed fertiliser

An early application of nutrients, delivered by either a starter or traditional fertiliser product, can help to achieve quick emergence and growth of an oilseed rape crop. At establishment, the…

CROP MANAGEMENT

3 grower-led trials that will benefit arable farms

More than 30 groups of farmers are carrying out their own research in the Innovative Farmers initiative, on topics ranging from electrical weeding to improving soil health. Richard Allison picks…

NVZS

What farmers need to do to use sewage sludge safely

The UK water industry generates well over 1m tonnes of sewage sludge each year, the bulk of which is treated and recycled on to land as a fertiliser and to…

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Case studies

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

How one farmer slashed fertiliser and fungicide use in wheat

The cost of wheat disease control has been rocketing over recent years, with some farms now using five or even six fungicide applications to protect yield. Unhappy with being dragged down…

ARABLE

4 growers on how they get oilseed rape off to the best start

Since good establishment of oilseed rape is essential for high yields we look to pick up some tips by following four growers to see how they get their crops off…

BARLEY

4 nutrients get spring barley off to a strong start

New high-performing spring barley malting varieties can show higher yields when all four of the major plant nutrients are applied in a single dose. When these four – nitrogen, phosphate,…

NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

Foliar fertiliser could benefit farmers in post-Brexit world

Foliar nitrogen could allow cereal growers to benefit the environment and so help them cope with tougher times ahead in a post-Brexit world of lower farm subsidies. Those trialing this…

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FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Arable fixed costs are too high

All winter cereal crops seem to have grown in the past month. They may have been helped by the 250mm of snow we experienced a fortnight before Christmas. With some…

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Insights

CROP MANAGEMENT

3 grower-led trials that will benefit arable farms

More than 30 groups of farmers are carrying out their own research in the Innovative Farmers initiative, on topics ranging from electrical weeding to improving soil health. Richard Allison picks…

NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

Why phosphate fertiliser use on crops may have to change

Current best-practice strategies for phosphate fertiliser use in arable crops are based on feeding the soil to feed the crop, rather than the crop. As a result, the guidance in…

NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

How the new fertiliser guidelines will benefit farmers

Official guidelines for fertiliser rates are changing for many cereal crops this spring, which could help farmers achieve higher yields. Recent years have seen much debate about whether the current…

ARABLE

Researchers aim to better predict crop nitrogen needs

Using precision farming tools to better predict nitrogen fertiliser needs would allow farmers to fine-tune their applications to maximise crop yields and make the most of bought-in fertiliser. Nitrogen fertiliser…

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News

ARABLE

Crop Watch: Bolting beans and drought stress

The large swings in temperature and rainfall in recent weeks are taking their toll. With memories of flooded fields still fresh in the mind, some crops are now showing signs…

OILSEED RAPE

OSR growers to focus on nutrition as weather set to warm

Oilseed rape growers are being urged to focus on crop nutrition as the warmer weather forecast for next week may allow them into their crops, with the earliest ones starting…

OILSEED RAPE

Essex rapeseed crop in need of nitrogen as flowering nears

One Essex oilseed rape crop is in need of extra nitrogen fertiliser as the crop is set to grow rapidly with the advent of warmer weather and start flowering in…

ARABLE

Twitter reacts: relief as spring drilling finally begins

April is fast approaching and most of the spring crop seed is still in the shed waiting to be drilled, seed potatoes remain unplanted and fertiliser is still yet to…

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Test and reviews

CEREAL DRILLS

New drill options for seed-bed fertiliser

[caption id="attachment_1287373" align="alignnone" width="900"] Combi version of the Horsch Express KR one-pass drill and power harrow will have a bigger hopper than the standard outfit and a ‘mix’ unit to…

MACHINERY

Spirit fertiliser and seed into place

Growers in Scotland who like to put down some fertiliser with their cereal seed will welcome the  the Spirit Next System Disc Combo (SDC). Using standard components throughout, the SDC…

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Video

ARABLE

Video: Farm uses drone to even up rapeseed yields

Reducing variation in the thickness of oilseed rape canopies in a bid to pump up yields is the focus at one family farm in Northumberland, using a drone to provide…

WHEAT

Video: Wheat yield record-holders tell us how they did it

Two world wheat yield record-holders came face-to-face in a New Zealand vs Northumberland match after Kiwi Eric Watson pipped Rod Smith’s record with a recipe of low seed rates and…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Video: How to properly set up a crop sprayer

Crop spraying is one of the most important and highly skilled jobs undertaken on any arable farm, but it is facing increased public scrutiny. This is why it is vital…

ARABLE

Video: How to properly set up a fertiliser spreader

Spring fertiliser applications are crucial to getting crop growth off to the best start possible, and making sure your spreading equipment is up to the job is the most important…

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