AHDB to lead new crop nutrition guide (RB209)

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The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is leading a new consortium of partners in a flagship industry project to bring the very latest in nutrient research to UK farmers.

AHDB has committed £95,000 to independently review information in the current Fertiliser Manual (RB209) as well as nutrient management research released since the eighth edition of RB209 was last published by Defra in 2010.

The findings of this review will feed into the first planned edition of the new successor guide to RB209 – the AHDB Nutrient Management Guide, which will be released in 2017.

AHDB will be working with a steering group of partners in the project, known as the UK Partnership for Crop Nutrient Management, to form the strategy for the project.

The steering group is supported by technical working groups for the arable, horticulture and livestock sectors. Farmers, growers, their representatives, manufacturers, agronomists and advisors have all contributed to the plan and are involved in the technical working groups.

Peter Kendall, AHDB Chairman, said the project represented a long-term commitment by AHDB to add value to levy-funded research and ensure UK farmers and growers have access to the latest evidence-based guidance.

He said: “In taking the lead on crop nutrition, AHDB is showing its ambition to deliver a world-class set of tools to farmers and growers.

“There are many challenges that UK producers face and by providing current, relevant data on crop nutrition, they will be better placed to make the decisions that will drive our industry forward,” he added.