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The Manure Exchange is an easy way to advertise excess manure you want to get rid of, or if you need extra manure for your arable land.
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The Farm Crap App
A new manure management app "the Farm Crap App" is designed to help farmers and growers value the nutrients found in organic manures.
What is it?
The app, developed by the SWARM Knowledge Hub in collaboration with Rothamsted Research North Wyke allows the farming community to appreciate the nutritive and economic value of livestock manures.
Farmers are able to visually assess manures and slurry application rates and calculate what is being provided in terms of available nutrients as well as giving an estimate of potential savings in artificial fertilisers.
The data is based on Defra's RB209 Fertiliser Manual values for crop available nutrients along with the industry produced publication Think Manures and allows you to select different seasons, types of manures and crops growing to see what the manure will provide in terms of fertiliser value.
The calculator determines the amount of crop available nutrients that are found within manures spread at different rates. This helps with decisions on how much to spread in order to meet the crop requirements.
How do I access it?
The app is available on Apple and Android devices, through the Google Play or iTunes stores. For more information please visit the link below.
If your farm is in an NVZ, you must comply with the NVZ rules.
Guidance to help you understand what calculations you must make and what records you must keep to comply with the regulations is available.
Nitrate Vulnerable Zones in England: guidance on complying with the rules for 2013 to 2016. This document was updated on 18 November 2013.
The guidance now includes a file of indexed blank guidance tables that can either be completed onscreen or printed off for completion by hand.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org about any questions you have on the guidance.
Nitrates Directive: update note to farmers - February 2014 (PDF, 230KB, 4 pages)
Information to follow.
Severn Rivers Trust
Contact: Melissa Hoskings
Guidence to Nitrate Vulnerable Zones
Cross Compliance documents
Environment Agency Helpline
03708 506 506
03459 33 55 77
Natural England - Catchment Sensitive Farming
Nutrient management plan information on the Tried & Tested website (weblinks)
PLANET nutrient management software on the PLANET website (weblinks)
FYM is a valuable resource. Using recent prices for nutrients,
the manure produced during winter housing has a potential
value of £70-80/dairy cow. By taking action to manage FYM
effectively you can often:
- reduce application costs
- save on nutrients, minerals and trace elements
- improve soil structure and yields
- reduce the risk of pollution.
Steps to success
1. Review your current situation by identifying how much FYM you produce (use typical guideline
quantities if necessary), and establishing the nutrient content of your FYM at the time of application by
analysis or by referring to standard values. Minimise any losses from storage and plan to supply a
calculated amount of the crop nutrition from your FYM.
2. Identify potential opportunities by considering your cropping regime, the availability of FYM and
windows of opportunity to gain good access to cropland, such as forage maize. E.g. cattle FYM applied in
spring before forage maize saves approximately £360/ha in reduced mineral fertilisers. Consider
3. Calculate the cost-benefit of these opportunities
by following these practical steps:
- estimate the total nutrients in your FYM
- estimate available nutrients in your FYM
- estimate the crop requirements
- identify soil nutrient reserves
- calculate the application rate to meet 50-60% of the difference between soil reserves and crop needs
- identify the inorganic fertiliser top-up needed
- calculate the saving in reduced fertilisers
Develop an action plan that identifies any information, systems and advice you may need. This should include typical application rates to supply known amounts of total N and delivery rates of applicators.
Implement the action plan taking care to follow application timing strategies for FYM:
- winter cereals from mid-July to the end of October
- spring cereals from January to mid-March, and August to the end of December
- potatoes from January to the end of March, and mid-August to the end of December.
6. Check to ensure suitable weather and soil conditions, and that you are making accurate, uniform applications.
7. Review/monitor progress by checking crop yields and soil nutrients to avoid excessive build-up. Make inspection of watercourses for runoff after FYM application a routine task.
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