Know How / 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

6 steps to improve your fertiliser use efficiency

An average of 40% of the nitrogen fertiliser applied to crops isn’t utilised and could be lost. However, by making small changes to fertiliser use, farmers can reduce these losses…

NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

Why soil N testing could save you cash this spring

Last season's unusual weather has led to more variation in soil nitrogen reserves and testing soils this spring will help farmer avoid wasting fertiliser. Most growers were unable to apply…

OILSEED RAPE

Why flea beetle may force changes to OSR fertiliser plans

Oilseed rape growers are being urged to check plants for cabbage stem flea beetle larvae before finalising their spring management plans for the crop. The accepted practice of measuring the…

NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

New sulphur fertiliser advice for oilseed rape

Recommended rates for sulphur fertiliser applications have been nudged upwards this spring, as new trial data showed crops may need a little bit extra. Sulphur is an essential plant macronutrient…

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Case studies

MARKET OPPORTUNITIES

Warburtons wheat helps grower cope with Brexit uncertainty

A group of British farmers is growing milling wheat for the domestic bread maker Warburtons, earning a decent price premium and helping to insulate themselves from the worries surrounding Brexit.…

BARLEY

Lincs grower uses seaweed to hit malting barley grade

Marcus Palmer is using cover crops and seaweed bio-stimulants to grow high yields of low-grain nitrogen barley in what many would consider non-traditional malting barley territory. The fertile silt lands…

CAREERS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Job profile: What’s it like to be a seeds sales manager?

If you have got a passion for crops and want to be on the front line of variety developments then a job as a seed product manager could be the…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Young agronomist tackles BYDV and fungicide costs

Using companion crops to tackle the phosphate problem in chalky soils and growing barley yellow dwarf virus-tolerant barley varieties in disease hotspots are some of novel solutions being trialled by…

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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

NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

A round-up of enhanced urea fertilisers and additives

Enhanced urea fertilisers and urease additives could soon have a greater role on arable farms as the government looks to slash ammonia losses through its Clean Air Strategy. The UK…

POTATOES

Are 100t/ha potato crops possible?

Potato yields in the UK appear to be faltering and one expert believes a yield competition like that seen with wheat could help the sector get closer to three-digit yield…

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News

OILSEED RAPE

Flea beetle-hit oilseed rape may gain from early nitrogen

Backward oilseed rape crops suffering from pest damage and a dry autumn are likely to benefit from early nitrogen fertiliser, while growers are advised to be cautious about using growth…

NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

AHDB issues updated sulphur advice for combinable crops

The AHDB has released new advice for managing sulphur in cereals and oilseed rape. Its revised Nutrient Management Guide (RB209) now provides further clarity on sulphur availability from different sources…

NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

Nearly a third of wheat crops miss out on sulphur

All cereal crops should have a sulphur application every year to avoid the risk of a deficiency of this macronutrient, although 30% of wheat misses out. Tim Kerr, fertiliser manager…

ARABLE

App boasts easier P and K fertiliser rate calculations

A smartphone app is set to make it easier to calculate potash and phosphate fertiliser rates in different fields, thereby avoiding yield losses through deficiency. Developed by the Potash Development…

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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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