Fertiliser losses


Farms are currently applying some fertiliser to help establish this year’s planting of autumn-sown crops such as wheat, rape and barley. Some of the phosphate, a bit more of the potash and more still of the Nitrogen, will washout into the groundwater casing financial loss and pollution. Over the farming year, depending on soils, between a third and half of all mineral N fertiliser is lost to groundwater. See the diagram and, in the next issue of this blog, how to avoid that loss.  For further details click here.

Bill Butterworth, Land Research Ltd, 27 August 2016