Avoid awkward situations with the neighbour's slurry by making your nutrient plan now for '13
Published 19/12/2012 | 06:00
Management of fertiliser plans and limits is crucial to ensuring that you minimise fertiliser costs and avoid penalties on your single farm payment (SFP).
Next spring's workload will be much higher than normal given very little winter corn has been sown and soil conditions are so wet that ploughing will be delayed.
With less work than normal on most tillage farms, you have no excuse for not doing up your records for 2012 now and preparing your fertiliser plan for 2013.
The fact the winter corn area is down on many farms will mean that farm nitrogen limits, under the regulations, will also be reduced.
In addition, if you have a livestock enterprise and had to increase concentrate feeding in 2012, your phosphorus allowance will also be reduced for 2013. Copies of the regulations may be obtained from the Department of Agriculture or by doing a Google search for SI 610 of 2010.
If you are importing slurry or other organic material, the available nitrogen and total phosphorus content of those materials must be calculated and taken from the farm's limit before the amount of chemical fertiliser can be calculated. This can be a problem unless planned well in advance.
It is very difficult to refuse to take slurry from a neighbour who discovers at the last minute that he is over his limit and asks you to take slurry from him.
You can easily end up exceeding your own limits for this year or eating into next year's allocation. Therefore, plan your slurry imports now.