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.

Advice and tips

NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

How spraying bacteria can raise sugar beet yields

A desire to increase sugar beet yields while saving on inputs has seen Allpress Farms introduce rhizobia bacteria in the hope of making more efficient use of its peaty soils.…

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…

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Archive

ARABLE

Farmer Focus: High winds slow fertiliser and herbicide applicati...

After probably the warmest February and March Kansas has ever seen, with temperatures often around 15C and up to 26C, we woke up to 3in of snow on Easter morning.…

ADAS Boxworth: Nitrogen sensors show promise

Canopy sensors which vary nitrogen applications according to green leaf area were showing promising results for detecting crop nitrogen demand, said ADAS' Daniel Kindred. Trials looking at the accuracy of…

Crops responding to trace elements in this dry year

Crop responses to trace element and fungicide applications were two key issues tackled at the recent Frontier Agriculture open day at its Horningsea trials site in Cambridgeshire. Louise Impey went…

Know your NVZ rules

Farmers in Nitrate Vulnerable Zones who have not yet invested in storage facilities to meet the regulation have only a short window to act. Producers must be aware of the…

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Case studies

NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

Potato yields and soils improved by compost on Norfolk farm

Tony Bambridge is increasing his potato yields and improving his light Norfolk soils by the use of green waste compost, which is especially important in this summer's dry weather. Potato…

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,…

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Community

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

HARVEST

Harvest 2018: Lincs grower breaks his OSR yield world record

Lincolnshire Wolds grower Tim Lamyman has broken his own world record for oilseed rape yield with a harvested crop of more than 7t/ha by encouraging good rooting and cutting plant…

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…

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Test and reviews

CEREAL DRILLS

New drill options for seed-bed fertiliser

New options for growers wanting to apply dry fertiliser when sowing spring cereal crops take different approaches to delivering the material, either down the same spout as the seed or…

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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