Nutrient Management Planning
A farm nutrient management plan allows a farmer to get the maximum financial return from on and off farm fertilisers in a way that protects the quality of local water resources in line with Statutory Instrument SI No. 31 of 2014.
The rising price of bagged fertiliser has now forced most farmers to get the optimum results from on farm fertilisers and any other imported organic fertilisers. A professional nutrient management plan can result in very significant savings due to the decreased application of inorganic Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium.
The starting point in the preparation of a nutrient management plan is the inspection of all lands for stock carrying capacity and cropping suitability. Vulnerable areas close to watercourses and steep inclines are noted and the required exclusion zones are mapped. Soil samples are then taken and the results form the base line for nutrient requirements in line with planned cropping and stocking density.
The total amounts of nutrients supplied by on farm fertilisers such as slurry, farm yard manure, imported pig slurry and any other organic manure, is then calculated and subtracted from the total crop nutrient requirement. Final inorganic fertiliser and lime requirements are then calculated.
Farm storage facilities and slurry storage requirements are also determined under the nutrient management plan in line with SI No.31 of 2014.
The farm nutrient management plan must adhere to all requirements as detailed in the European Communities (Good Agricultural Practice for Protection of Waters) Regulations 2014. If a farmer exceeds to 170 Kgs N per hectare then a derogation can be applied for by Greentrack.
Greentrack maintain all farm records required under the nitrate directive and carry out an annual review of all farming activities.