ARCHIVE: Fertiliser Manual (RB209)

Foreword


Farming is an important feature of our way of life. It shapes the landscape we enjoy, provides much of our food and is a vital part of maintaining and improving a healthy, thriving and diverse natural environment.

The agriculture sector faces a number of challenges. Demand for crops will increase as the global population rises. However, agricultural practices including the use of fertilisers have the potential to damage the natural environment by polluting water courses, releasing greenhouse gases and ammonia to the air and by damaging the soil.

Using this manual will help farmers and land managers better assess the fertiliser required for the range of crops they plan to grow, by suggesting what level of nutrients are required to provide the best financial return for the farm business. The manual will help ensure that proper account is taken of both mineral fertilisers and other sources of nutrients such as manures and slurries, so helping to prevent costly over-application.

Deciding the correct amount of nutrient to use along with planning how they are managed and applied, supported where appropriate by specialist advice, are important factors in good nutrient management. This manual sits alongside other government advice and guidance such as the Code of Good Agricultural Practice (“CoGAP”) and guidance from the agricultural sector such as “Tried and Tested”.

Good planning and the right choice of farming practice can help minimise any impacts on the environment, help maintain and improve crop yield and also save farmers and land managers money.

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