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It is advisable to exclude stock for 3 - 4 days following application
In normal growing conditions, to allow maximum response from N applied leave the grassland for 5-6 weeks between application and cutting
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Commodities, whether cereals, milk or fertiliser have price determined by supply and demand not cost of production. Low energy costs will result in higher production globally, which should increase supply and generally lower fertiliser prices assuming demand doesn’t increase. This has been happening generally in the UK market over the last 4 years.
Nitram has been proven and trusted by GB farmers for 50 years
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Use sparingly, our concentrations are much higher than the fertilisers you will buy in the garden centre. As a rule of thumb 1 oz to the square yard will not be far away. Easier to apply a little more than hide the burn marks. On the lawn be careful to spread evenly to prevent striping.
There is no fixed period for removing livestock. The main concern would be direct ingestion. The granules are very soluble and rain, or heavy dew, will dissolve them into the soil moisture. The granules will fall below the grazing height of the animals. One thing to watch out for would be spillages from the bag or spreader, for example at the gateway. These should be cleared away before the animals return to the field.
CF Fertilisers Encompass is compliant for England and Wales. For recommendations in Scotland, please contact CF Fertilisers on the advice line 0151 357 5758
- CF Fertilisers N-Min is a unique service which does just that. A patented laboratory procedure determines the additionally available Nitrogen (AAN) ie Nitrogen that will be mineralised and available to the crop during the growing season.
- CF Fertilisers N-Calc works in conjunction with N-Min, and will give detailed recommendations for Nitrogen and Sulphur rate and timing, with interpretation by our FACTS qualified team of advisors.
Nitram can be spread to 36 metres, in suitable weather conditions (if it’s too windy to spray, it is too windy to spread at wide widths) through an appropriate spreader calibrated to ensure correct width setting. Clearly with any fertiliser, the wider the spreading width the more the need for spreader accuracy and correct weather conditions.
Closed periods during which high available N organic manures should not be applied
|Sandy or shallow soils||Other soils||Sandy or shallow soils||Other soils|
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CF Fertilisers products are sold through a range of National and local distributors, contact the Advice Line on 0151 357 5758 for further details.
While CF Fertilisers is the last remaining primary manufacturer of fertiliser in the UK, over half the market is serviced by imported N, P, K and Sulphur. UK prices are driven primarily by Global and European price trends.
For Nitram, June has been the best time to buy in 12 out of the last 15 years. For compounds, October is generally the start of the buying season. Availability of storage and cashflow will determine individual circumstances.
There is no established futures trading mechanism for fertilisers as there is in grain. CF Fertilisers fertilisers are usually available on a spot basis or forward 2/3 months.
GROWPLAN credit facilities are available for CF Fertilisers fertilisers through our approved distributor network with a range of repayment options (offered in conjunction with Hitachi Capital Business Finance). For further information call the advice line on 0151 357 5758
Efficient use of fertiliser depends on accuracy of application which in NPKS compounds is largely dependent on the product spread. CF Fertilisers compounds are all granulated products with each nutrient present in each granule giving accurate spread. Blended products have components with different sizes and densities which cannot avoid separation when handling and spreading leading to inaccurate application.
- View new R&D research based in a grassland situation.
Current N-Max limits are as follows and include available N applied as manures.
N max limit (kg N/ha)
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|Wheat, spring sown||180|
|Oilseed Rape, winter||250|
Urea was developed as a cheap product to produce and transport across the globe. It was not developed for agronomic reasons and is globally recognised as an inefficient source for growing crops. Ammonium Nitrate was developed with agronomic benefit as the driver, and has been repeatedly proven to be the most profitable product for GB farmers, justifying the higher cost per kgN.
- See new R&D based in a grassland environment.
Yes, state-of-the-art nitrous oxide abatement technology on the Nitric Acid plants, removes over 90% of the N2O produced during nitric acid manufacture, resulting in lower carbon abated Nitram and NPK(S) Compounds.
Declining Sulphur deposition is leading to significant responses in yield and quality in grassland. Responses should be seen in most circumstances but especially in mid season silage with a very short growing period between cuts.
Clearly different situations require different levels of sulphur, but the following are guidelines for main crops. Sulphur is usually expressed as SO3, if elemental S is measured divide SO3 by 2.5 ie 50kg/ha SO3 = 20kg/ha S
- Wheat / Cereals 40-50kg/ha SO3
- Oilseed Rape 80-100kg/ha SO3
- Grazed Grass 40-70kg/ha SO3
- Cut grass 50-80kg/ha SO3
Sulphur is the 4th major plant nutrient without which a number of key plant functions will fail, eg Protein synthesis, Chlorophyll production. Atmospheric deposition of Sulphur is now negligible, so for yield, protein levels, Sugar levels in grass – additional fertiliser Sulphur is essential.
The influence of Potassium in locking up Magnesium availability, particularly in spring, can lead to grass staggers (Hypomagnesaemia). Potash applications are undoubtedly needed, but heavier dressings are best delayed to mid season.
Phosphate response is generally greatest applied as water soluble P and applied in spring. Due to the immobility of P in the soil and availability of moisture in spring, you can often get a yield response even at index 2