‘C.R.A.F.T.’ is an easily remembered acronym that highlights the fertiliser use factors that land managers can readily control. It stands for:

  • Choice of fertiliser product
  • Rate of application
  • Application technique
  • Frequency of application
  • Timing of application

Carefully considering each of the C.R.A.F.T. elements allows fertiliser application practices to be planned to meet production and environmental objectives. Managing the product, rate, application technique, frequency and timing of application should ensure that nutrients are available in the right amounts at the right location and at the right time to meet plant needs. This will improve the efficiency of nutrient use and minimise the potential for nutrient loss.


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