ARCHIVE: Fertiliser Manual (RB209)

Section 5: Vegetables and Bulbs

This section provides guidance for the application of fertilisers to field vegetable crops. Before looking at the individual crop recommendations refer to the ‘Checklist for decision making’ and ‘Fertiliser use for vegetables’. Vegetables have specific requirements which must be met to ensure efficient production.

More background on the principles underlying the recommendations is given in Section 1 ‘Principles of Nutrient Management and Fertiliser Use’.

For each crop listed in the table above, recommendations for nitrogen (N), phosphate (P2O5) and potash (K2O) are given in kg/ha. Sulphur (SO3), magnesium (MgO) and sodium (Na2O) recommendations, also in kg/ha, are given where these nutrients are needed. Recommendations are given for the rate and timing of fertiliser application.

The recommendations are based on the nutrient requirements of the crops being grown, making allowance for the nutrients already present in the soil. Section 3 gives instructions on how to use the tables, including how to determine the SNS Index.

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