- Regular soil sampling is essential
- Healthy soils improve nutrient uptake through a better root network
- Consider the impact of nutrient removal from large preceding crops, especially energy crops
- Be aware of relevant legislation and its impact on crop nutrition
- Careful planning will help optimise nitrogen applications for both yield and quality.
To maximise crop performance, growers must provide each crop with sufficient levels of nutrients based on crop requirement. To achieve this, we need to understand what the crops need, what the soils can provide and where we must apply nutrients to fill the gap.
Sampling soils every three to five years will prevent guesswork. We recommend precision mapping to allow the variable application of nutrients, specifically targeting the right areas of each field. At the same time, you should take the opportunity to assess the health of the soil, looking at organic matter, pH and compaction levels. In a well structured, healthy soil, roots will proliferate, improving the efficiency of nutrient and water uptake.