Best Management Practices And Considerations - Fertiliser

This chapter describes ‘best management practices’ (BMPs) for land managers applying nutrients – i.e. practices recommended for practical use to reduce the risks of adverse environmental effects and gain maximum benefits from nutrients applied.

These practices:

  • combine the practical experience of land users with scientific development,
  • provide generic recommendations that can be adapted to suit local conditions,
  • may require changes to the way some nutrient management activities are carried out, and
  • provide the means for continuous improvement in nutrient management on the property.

Be very careful when adapting BMPs to suit a particular situation. Changes must be based on good scientific evidence for the alterations, not just a return to ‘what we’ve always done’. It is essential that you can justify why you have made the alterations to the listed best practices.

This chapter is divided into three sections, dealing with

  1. fertiliser handling
  2. fertiliser use – including choice of fertiliser type, application rate, timing
  3. fertiliser application – the mechanics of applying nutrient

 

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