ARE YOU PLANNING YOUR SPRING CROP NUTRITION PROGRAMMES FOR CEREALS, OILSEED OR PULSES?

February 15, 2021



If so, you could benefit from having a look at the grain in your shed before you do.

NRM’s Graincheck service analyses the nutrient content of last season’s grain and compares it with a target figure to identify shortfalls in nutrient uptake. Data from ADAS’s YEN project shows that almost three-quarters of grain samples are deficient in at lease one nutrient. Understanding these deficiencies will enable farmers and agronomists to fine tune the crop nutrition programme and recognise where other issues such as soil management might be impacting uptake. For growers home-saving seed, grain analysis should be used at harvest to identify any issues with fertility ahead of drilling.

Graincheck tests for most of the nutrient elements required by crops, including the macronutrients nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, the essential secondary nutrients magnesium, calcium and sulphur, and six key micro-nutrients. The results should be used alongside soil sampling and tissue testing to give a broad understanding of crop performance. NRM also offers an online calculator to compare offtake values with RB209 available. We recommend that analysis results are interpreted by a FACTS qualified advisor for the best return on your investment.