Nutrient Use Efficiency/ P Build Up Training Course
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Nutrient Use Efficiency/ P Build Up

Objective: – This course intends to cover increasing nutrient use efficiency by getting the most from fertiliser and slurry.

Format: – Course delivery for each course must include both theory (classroom/online) and practical (field/farm) elements. The design of this is at the discretion of the course organiser but shall be preapproved by DAFM.

Audience: – Farmers must attend this course unless they did more than the minimum of 10 grass measurements in 2020 and are prepared to do a minimum of 20 covers in 2021 and onwards. Grass measurements must be recorded on Pasture Base Ireland.

Benefits: – Under the terms and conditions of the Nitrates Derogation 2020 and 2021, derogation applicants are required to complete mandatory training

Learning Objectives: –

  • Increasing nutrient use efficiency by getting the most from fertiliser and slurry.
  • Soil Fertility
  • Nitrogen, Phosphorous & Potassium Fertiliser advice & choices
  • pH and lime advice
  • Understanding Nutrient Management Plan (NMP)
  • Soil Sampling and Organic Matter (OM) Testing
  • Sustainable Fertiliser Planning
  • Organic manure management and incorporation
  • Slurry management and application, reducing N loss from Slurry – “More of LESS”


Course Agenda

  • Health and Safety.
  • New Nitrates Regulations and Training Requirements.
  • Soil pH & Liming.
  • Soil P and K Indexes / Soil Results / Advice.
  • Organic Manure Management.
  • Nitrogen Management
  • P Mobilisation and Mitigation
  • NMP Planning
  • Q&A Session


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