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The Potash Development Association publishes both technical Potash News items and shorter Blog items. Potash News provides the latest up to date information on Potash and its use, while blog items are shorter and more timely.

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Sulphur as a Nutrient for Crops and Grass

Introduction Sulphur is an essential nutrient for all plants, and certain crops are more vulnerable to deficiency than others. Historically, in the UK sulphur was deposited on land from the atmosphere in quantities which were adequate for our crops. However, as the burning of UK coal (high S) in power stations was switched to imported […]

September 2017

P & K for wholecrop cereals

With the arrival of the new Nutrient Management Guide (RB209) from AHDB, the Wholecrop Cereal recommendations for Phosphate and Potash have been included. In the past, in the absence of good information on Wholecrop generally, advisers have often used “grass for silage” recommendations instead, reflecting the greener nature of under-ripe cereals cut for Wholecrop silage. […]

August 2017

Maize and rye for AD plants

With the huge increase in area producing forage maize and rye for anaerobic digesters, it seems timely to remember a couple of the nutrient issues that arise which can be different from normal growing practice. Firstly, harvesting often occurs earlier with the crop being greener than for normal animal feed purposes. The implication being that […]

August 2017

P & K calculator revised for 2017

With the arrival of the new AHDB Nutrient Management Guide (RB209) and its revised values for P & K offtakes, and the inclusion of more crops, we have updated our P & K Calculator accordingly. The P & K Calculator is a free tool for farmers and crop nutrition advisors in England, Wales and N […]

June 2017

AHDB Nutrient Management Guide (RB209)

AHDB have just launched their new Nutrient Management Guide (RB209). It is a revision of the Defra Fertiliser Manual (RB209) and it can be viewed or downloaded to your computer from their website www.ahdb.org.uk/rb209. Also, there is an App for mobile devices. Hard copies can be requested by e mail to cereals.publications@ahdb.org.uk. It is supplied free […]

June 2017

Nutrient Management Guide (RB209)

AHDB have just launched a full revision of the 2010 Fertiliser Manual (RB209), which is now called the “Nutrient Management Guide (RB209)”. It can be viewed or downloaded to your computer from the AHDB website, or to your mobile device as an App. Hard copies can be requested by e-mail from AHDB. It is supplied free of […]

May 2017

Second cut silage: potash and sulphur

When cutting grass for 1st cut silage, with a view to getting a 2nd cut, there is an urgent need to get the fertiliser on for the regrowth right away, while the soil is still damp, to feed that growth. Some say that silaging the field is not complete until the fertiliser is on for […]

May 2017

Low Soil P & K Indices – Do They Matter? Yes!

The British Survey of Fertiliser Practice (Defra) shows that since the 1980s rates of Phosphate & Potash fertiliser applications have declined by 1/3 in arable crops, and 2/3 in grassland. With the increase in yields achieved in that time, there is a serious deficit in the P & K being applied from fertilisers, which is […]

March 2017

Forage Maize – Phosphate & Potash offtakes

With the huge increase in growing forage maize to feed anaerobic digesters, especially in the arable areas of Eastern England, it seems appropriate to consider the harvested offtakes of phosphate and, especially, the high amounts of potash removed.

December 2016

Soil sampling and different methods of arable cultivation

Soil sampling for the routine measurement of P, K, Mg indices and pH is familiar to most advisers and farmers, with the same well-proven method used for many years. But how are things different where minimum cultivation is practised?

December 2016

Crop Nutrition Assignment by Melissa Gorst of Newcastle University

This year we sponsored the Crop Nutrition essay at Newcastle University and Melissa Gorst, a 2nd year agricultural degree student, won our prize with this essay.

August 2016

Optimising Potash use on Cut Grassland

Grass cut regularly, as silage, haylage or hay, removes very large amounts of potassium (K). Unless this is replaced, soil K concentrations will fall. In recent years there is evidence of an overall increase in the number of grassland soils below target index (2-), as well as a decline in the use of potash fertiliser. This situation is not sustainable and grass yields will fall unless corrected.

April 2016