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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Able to demonstrate practical experience.
12 BASIS points available for this course.
Trainers are accredited by ARTIS.
Participants receive an ARTIS Accredited Certificate.