- Vegetables and some of the minority crops can have a high value.
- Production costs are also often high, with fertilisers accounting for a very small percentage of variable costs.
- Fertilisers should be applied at rates that are likely to result in the maximum yield of crops of acceptable quality, whilst ensuring protection of the surrounding environment.
- Nitrogen (N) recommendations for these crops have been updated in the light of recent trials results and advisory experience.
- Tables that take account of N released from previous crop residues, grass leys and N available from reserves in different soil types have been updated.
- A soil specific approach to P management is presented that considers the relationship between differing soils capacity to regulate P availability for plant uptake.
- N recommendations take account of NVZ Action Programme rules and Nmax and will minimise losses of N to the environment.
- Recommendations are given for nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, sulphur, sodium, boron, copper, manganese and molybdenum.
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