Technical note (TN726): Fertiliser recommendations for Grassland

Summary

  • The main limitations to grass production are temperature, moisture, soil pH, soil drainage, soil structure, and nitrogen (N).
  • Recommendations take account of nutrient management planning in the PLANET Scotland software tool and NVZ Action Programme rules.
  • Good soil management is required to optimise nutrient use and maximise grassland productivity.
  • Regular soil analysis is essential to manage soil pH and optimise phosphate (P2O5) and potash (K2O) inputs for maximum yields and profitability.
  • Considered application of nitrogen to meet grass needs can reduce the loss of harmful greenhouse gases.
  • Appropriate use of livestock manures can result in considerable savings on purchased fertilisers.

Read TN726: Fertiliser recommendations for Grassland

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