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    ARTIS: Principles of nutrient management in field vegetables


    Classroom module 1 (half day) – Soil and crop nutrient supply and demand:

    • how nutrients exist in soil, their interactions and what determines soil nutrient availability to plants (including soil compaction and soil water management)
    • best practice for soil nutrient testing, interpretation of laboratory analysis and how to adjust fertiliser applications in relation to soil nutrient supply
    • value of organic amendments; how to determine their contribution versus inorganic fertiliser use
    • estimating field horticultural crop fertiliser requirements for yield and quality
    • micro-nutrient deficiencies – how to identify and manage to prevent
    • different forms of N, P, K, S and Mg fertilisers plus use of solids versus liquids and compounds versus straights
    • relevant legislation and compliance e.g. NVZs.

    Classroom module 2 (half day) – Recent developments in nutrient management:

    • compliance with Red Tractor and other protocols
    • carbon footprints and understanding the impact of the use of different types of fertiliser, notably abated and non-abated N
    • responsibilities under FIAS
    • measuring yield of crops before and after any changes to nutrient practice
    • principles and pitfalls of measuring nutrient uptake by plants
    • identify opportunities to improve quality and shelf life with correct and amended nutrition.


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    Entry requirement

    Able to demonstrate practical experience.

    CPD points

    12 BASIS points available for this course.

    Trainers are accredited by ARTIS.

    Participants receive an ARTIS Accredited Certificate.


    £200 + VAT

    Full residential rate: £78.00 per night


    For further information, course dates, and to book, please contact:

    Short Course Office
    Harper Adams University
    Newport, Shropshire, TF10 8NB
    Telephone: +44 (0)1952 815 300
    Fax: +44 (0)1952 812 125

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