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Efficient Nutrition of Crops

Efficient Nutrition of Crops

What is expected of a TDF Host?

To host a minimum of 8 groups of visiting farmers and provide a demonstration of the specified technologies.

What should the Host expect in return?
  • Technical support from a CAFRE Technologist
  • IT and other equipment to support the delivery of demonstrations
  • A Support Assistant to assist at each visit
  • A £600 payment per demonstration hosted

To become a technology demonstration farm for this theme, applicants must be able to demonstrate the following innovative technologies:
  • Soil Nutrient Management Plan
    Uses soil sampling results to create a fertilisation plan, detailing appropriate fertiliser types and application rates on a field by field basis compliant with NAP Regulations.
  • Organic manures nutrient analysis
    Demonstrate testing of nutrient content of organic manures applied to arable land.
  • Yield recording
    Grain yield recording on a per field basis.

Applicants may be shortlisted based on being able to demonstrate the use of the following technologies:
  • Precision soil sampling
    Frequency of soil sampling.  Fields sub-divided based on either EC scanning or grid pattern, to produce soil fertility maps and variable nutrient application plans.
  • Variable rate application of inorganic P&K fertiliser
    Utilising GPS guidance to vary the rate of P&K fertiliser applied according to a variable application plan.
  • Variable rate lime application
    Utilising GPS guidance to vary the rate of lime applied according to a variable application plan.

To view the terms and conditions and for a more detailed description of these required and desirable technologies, click here.

Applications are now open and will close at 4.00pm on Friday 23rd April 2021. Applicants will then be shortlisted and those selected will undergo an on-farm suitability assessment

Part of the Farm Business Improvement Scheme in the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 and part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development
Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs
The European Agriculture Fund for Rural Development
Rural Development Programme