Why fertiliser matters
Fertiliser is just another word for nutrients. Plants need nutrients just like humans do. Fertiliser contains nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and sulphur.
Nutrients need to be applied responsibly. Too much of the wrong nutrient in the wrong place at the wrong time will cause environmental problems. Fertiliser is one of the biggest investments for a farm operation, so waste must be minimised.
As a farmer-owned co-operative, this is where Ravensdown comes in.
Nitrogen in fertiliser
Reducing risk of nitrate leaching
Farmers and growers use nitrogen to produce food. Use too little and their plants don’t grow enough and animals go hungry. Use too much at the wrong time and waterways are at risk and the nitrogen (which costs money) is wasted.
Here’s how farmers can improve their nitrogen use and reduce waste:
Who decides how much nitrogen is too much?
Ravensdown is here to optimise not maximise
There is still a lot of work to do and we have many exciting projects underway. We value your feedback and are keen to ensure this page gives you the clear information. If you’d like to know more or get in touch we’d welcome comments and questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
CEO Greg Campbell on the need for Responsible Nutrient Stewardship
Fertiliser feeds food and needs responsible use
“Our challenge is we want to minimise the use of our products while optimising productivity.”
23 May 2017
“Our aim as nutrient efficiency specialists is to supply the necessary amount of nutrients to nourish the soils - no more no less.”
24 April 2018
“Selling less product to an individual customer – if this means an environmental benefit, improved nutrient efficiency or a productivity improvement – represents success to us.”
5 June 2018
“Sales tonnage is not the key performance metric for this co-operative.”
18 August 2018
“Scrutiny and ongoing transparency are expected and welcome.”
28 August 2018
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