New trial results highlighting the importance of key nutrient application timing and the latest thinking on fertiliser use in a climate change future will be main features of the CF Fertilisers stand at CropTec 2016.
A full programme of trials from 2016 are currently being analysed and early indications are highlighting some important ways growers can improve Nitrogen utilisation, says CF Fertilisers arable agronomist Allison Grundy.
“Initial results are showing yields in wheat can be improved by up to 1.0t/ha by applying P and K alongside N and S in the spring rather a separate dressing in the autumn as is the conventional practice.
“There is strong evidence emerging that plants can more efficiently utilise Nitrogen to build yield when all these key nutrients are applied in a single spring NPKS granular product than separately and we will be explaining this approach in detail at CropTec.
“Other trials are showing how evaluating soil reserves of Nitrogen more accurately can reduce fertiliser costs by up to 20% whilst maintaining high output yields of 10.0t/ha plus.”
CF Fertilisers is also the lead company in a consortium of businesses including Syngenta, Hill Court Farm Research, Patchwork and Precise Crop Nutrition, evaluating the ISARIA system - a new type of crop sensor developed by the German company Fritzmeier.
“Trials carried out in winter wheat in the first year of the project showed an average yield advantage of 0.4t/ha from the system and ADAS are now reviewing the second year of trial results in winter barley, winter wheat and oilseed rape and these will be available for review at CropTec.”
A focus on the essential role of Nitrogen in achieving future environmental and sustainable production targets will also be a feature of the stand with CF Fertilisers having copies of its new ‘Our Actions Speak Louder than Words’ document available to growers for the first time.
The booklet examines the essential role of Nitrogen fertilisers in meeting rapidly growing food demand whilst delivering more sustainable and environmentally-focused production in the future, explains Sam Bell, head of sales and marketing for CF Fertilisers.
“Without fertiliser, we would need the manure from up to 7 billion more cattle globally to maintain soil fertility. Feeding those cattle would mean clearing nearly all our remaining forests to grow grass.
“Furthermore, a crop of wheat grown with the right amount of fertiliser will produce up to six times more energy and capture twelve times more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than is required to produce, transport and apply the fertiliser in the first place.”