Author Archives: Bonnie Hatcher

Improving Soil Health

Improving soil health is top of the government’s agenda in the years ahead and with input costs rising rapidly it is essential to maximise crop production which can only be done when you soils are in tip-top health. There are a number of factors which can improve the health status of your soils but reducing […]

Managing P&K for Maize

  The combination of high P&K prices and annual declines in residual soil phosphates are potentially creating a perfect storm for maize growers. Traditionally, many maize growers have relied on large volumes of slurries and other organic manures but increasing environmental concerns make these inputs more tricky to manage. It’s possible with continued soil nutrient […]

Phosphate and Potash applications are falling short

A report summarising soil analysis across a diverse range of farms submitted by members of The Professional Agricultural Analysis Group (PAAG) for the year up to May 2019 has revealed some concerning results. Only 9% of all samples were at target levels for both P & K. This has been the trend for previous years […]

Covering all the Bases This Spring

The unprecedented levels of winter rainfall across the whole of the country this winter should be giving farmers cause for concern when assessing their available soil nutrients.  Nitrogen, potash and sulphur are known to be vulnerable to leaching but this year additional nutrients are at risk –  so it is even more important to test your […]

Fibrophos PK fertiliser introduces completely renewable nutrient source

Fibrophos offers an environmentally-friendly product to satisfy farmers’ increasing requirements to play their part in tackling climate change. Food production in the UK is coming under increasing scrutiny as pressure groups target certain sectors of agriculture that they believe are contributing to climate change.  All areas of agriculture have a part to play in producing […]

Why are we Fixated on Soil Phosphate Availability?

Despite so much evidence to the contrary there still remain a few agronomists who seem to be fixated on the link between water soluble phosphate and soil phosphate availability. This should concern us all as they may be misleading British farmers. They are possibly depriving them of the opportunity for a more cost effective renewable […]