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Webinar: Fertiliser calibration – the practice

AHDB and Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) in the UK have joined up to look at how you can get the best out of your nitrogen use and fertiliser application through calibration, with a focus on the principles and the practice.

This webinar session on 3 February is focussing on fertiliser calibration in-field and is a practical session for farmers and operators run with Trevor Johnson, Acare Services Ltd, who operates fertiliser calibration and NSTS tests across East Anglia.

The webinar will look at:

  • The benefits of fertiliser spreader testing
  • Meeting the requirements of NVZ and cross compliance and farm assurance
  • Calibrating different types of spreaders
  • Accurate calibration and best practice methods: tray tests, co-efficient of variation, ballistics
  • Common visual problems and faults – how to spot and remedy them
  • The cost if you don’t get it right…
  • Health & Safety considerations

This will be a very practical session, AHDB says, with a lot of visual pictures, photos and videos of calibration in practice and the common problems. There will be plenty of opportunity for you to ask your questions and we will be joined on the panel discussion session by Ian Forman, NSTS Manager and a farm manager.

BASIS and NRoSO points available. This webinar is free to attend.

Join AHDB for the latest and a reminder on the key points, before you go out calibrating your spreader and putting on the first N of the season.

  • 09:00: Welcome and introductions – Teresa Meadows, AHDB and Nigel Simpson, CSF
    • Introductions
    • Explanation of webinar functions
    • Objectives of the session and format
  • 09:05: Accurate testing and calibration of fertiliser spreaders – Trevor Johnson, Acare Services Ltd
    • The benefits of fertiliser spreader testing
    • Meeting the requirements of NVZ and cross compliance
    • Calibrating different types of spreaders
    • Accurate calibration and best practice methods: tray tests, co-efficient of variation, ballistics
    • Common visual problems and faults – how to spot and remedy them
    • The cost if you don’t get it right..
    • Health & Safety considerations
  • 09:40: Questions and discussion – Q&A panel session with the speakers, Ian Forman, NSTS Manager and a Farm Manager
  • 10:20: Round-up, how-to resources for use on-farm and conclusions – Teresa Meadows, AHDB
  • 10:30: Meeting close

Session to be recorded and shared with resources post the meeting.

To see the recording and resources from the first webinar in this series, ‘Fertiliser calibration – the principles’, please visit the webinar’s event page.

For more information, please contact Teresa Meadows at [email protected] / 07387 015465. To book, go here.

Source: AHDB
Photo: Yara UK

Lukie Pieterse, Editor and Publisher of Potato News Today

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