Fertilisers For The Future event

4 April 2012

Harper Adams University College is pleased to be hosting the Nuffield ‘Fertilisers for the Future’ conference later this month.

Growers and land managers with an interest in improving soil fertility and plant nutrition are being encouraged to attend the event, taking place on Thursday, April 19.

Nuffield scholars Mark Tucker and Nik Johnson will be presenting the findings of their 12 month studies into manufactured fertilisers and alternative sources of nutrition.

For his study, Mark, Head of Agronomy at Yara UK, explored sources of alternative Nitrogen including waste products, bio digestion and green techniques.

Nik, director of fertiliser business JSE Systems, looked at how the effectiveness and efficiency of phosphates can be optimised, and how they can be recycled back into agriculture.

Lincolnshire-based arable farmer, Nik said: “Ultimately, applying natural Phosphate is becoming undesirable due to the cost; therefore it’s imperative to find ways of recycling the nutrient before there is long-term damage to soil fertility, which could potentially affect the sustainability of British agriculture.”

Also speaking at the conference are industry experts Jo Franklin NSch and Clive Blacker Nsch. Tickets are available at the event or in advance from Fusion Events or Nuffield Director, John Stones. Visit www.farm-smart.co.uk for information.

Sponsorship of the Nuffield industry research has been sponsored by the family of the late Frank Arden, the Crown Estate and the Frank Parkinson Agricultural Trust.

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