The Fertiliser Manual (RB209) offers best practice guidance in England, Wales and Northern Ireland on application of mineral fertilisers, manures and slurries to crops and grassland.
The guidance aims to maximise yields while keeping environmental impacts to a minimum. The data is also used to update Technical Notes in Scotland and tools such as PLANET and MANNER.
Over 68 per cent of farms have a nutrient management plan, a high proportion of them re-visit these resources year after year to continue to manage crop nutrition. Therefore, it is really important that farmers and growers have the correct information to make these decisions.
Therefore, AHDB has committed £98,000 to independently review information in the current RB209 as well as nutrient management research released since the last edition was published in 2010.
The findings of this review will feed into the first planned edition of the new successor guide to RB209 — the AHDB Nutrient Management Guide, which will be released in 2017.
AHDB will be working with a steering group of partners in the project, known as the UK Partnership for Crop Nutrient Management, to form the strategy for the project (listed below).
The UK Partnership for Crop Nutrient Management
George is chairing the UK Partnership for Crop Nutrient Management and farms in Scotland.
He grows spring barley for seed in partnership with his brother on their family farm in Kinross, Perthshire.
He has worked extensively with the NFUS, where he is treasurer, past chair of the Land Use and Environment Committee and also represents NFUS on AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds' Research and Knowledge Transfer Committee.
George also chairs Scottish Agronomy, a co-op based in East Scotland that provides trials and advice to members, who farm around 50,000 hectares of cereals and potatoes.
He said: "Crop nutrition is one of the key elements to optimising production in the field.
"As a farmer, I use all the tools available to ensure that I manage resources efficiently, in terms of soil, applications and plant health.
"And I'm not alone, over 68 per cent of farms have a nutrient management plan, a high proportion of them re-visit these resources year after year to continue to manage crop nutrition. Therefore, it is really important that we have the correct information to make these decisions.
"There had been no planned update of RB209 so I am really excited that AHDB is carrying out this review so we have more accurate data with which to make better management decisions in the near future."
British Grassland Society
British Society of Plant Breeders
Catchment Sensitive Farming
K+S Kali UK
Meat Promotion Wales (HCC)
Paul Towns Ltd
Potash Development Association
Quality Meat Scotland (QMS)
UK Vineyard Association (UKVA)