ADLib Glossary (A)

Definition:

Agricultural benefit (waste)

The waste being spread must improve the soil for the growing of crops or for grazing.

The potential benefit to agriculture include:

Type of benefit Example Activity Why it confers benefit
Improvement of soil nutrient content Addition of nitrogen rich waste Is a nutrient required for plant growth and increased crop yield.
Improvement of soil chemical properties Addition of lime-rich waste Adjustment of the soil pH allows more efficient uptake of certain nutrients.
Improvement of soil physical properties Addition of waste organic matter Improves the workability of heavy soils, increase drought resistance of light soils and stabilise poorly structured soils.
Improvement of soil moisture content Addition of watery waste Adds moisture to soil in dry conditions (therefore there is no benefit to spreading in wet conditions, washes surface applied fertilisers down to the roots of the crop.

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