- 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.
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