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New software helps farmers make the most of their muck


Farmbusiness.cc, December 11th

They say ‘where there’s muck there’s brass’ but that can depend on what type of muck you use and how you spread it
 
Thanks to the introduction of a new practical software tool, farmers will be able to make a quick assessment of manure nutrients, reduce their reliance on manufactured fertilisers and so help increase farm profitability.
An updated version of MANNER-NPK, developed by ADAS, will be unveiled today at the HGCA Agronomist Conference, at Peterborough Arena. This free software will provide farmers and their advisers with a simple, quick, accurate assessment of crop available nitrogen, phosphate and potash supply from applications of organic manures.
Available early in the New Year as a free download from the PLANET website, or on CD, this new version of the software has been designed to support farmers to adopt nutrient management practices to maximise the value of manure nutrients.
- This new, easy-to-use software will help farmers make a quick and accurate assessment of different manure types spread under a range of circumstances and will calculate the value of the manure nutrients based on current fertiliser prices, said ADAS Soil Scientist Dr Lizzie Sagoo.
At today’s fertiliser prices, pig farm yard manure is worth just under £10/tonne, cattle slurry around £3.40/m³ and broiler litter £37/tonne. At these prices farmers can’t afford not to take full account of the nutrients in their muck and MANNER-NPK is a great tool to help them do that, said James Holmes, Research and Knowledge Transfer Manager at HGCA.
From January 2013, MANNER-NPK will be available free for download from a new MANNER-NPK section of the PLANET website – www.planet4farmers.co.uk/manner.


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