Farmer Checklist

1. Plan ahead  A fertiliser management plan guides decisions across the farm throughout the year. The plan is used for budgeting, ordering, spreading, managing risks, and record keeping. Ask your advisor to provide a 4Rs fertiliser plan showing the Right Fertiliser source, at the Right Rate, in the Right Place, and at the Right Time. Find out more about Fert$mart Planning , and see an example of a 4Rs Fertiliser plan.
2. Get soil testing right  Monitoring soil fertility is the key to profitable fertiliser use. Ever 2-3 years collect soil samples from every Farm Management Zone. At least 30 soil cores are required for each sample. Cores should be taken along monitor lines. Avoid dung and urine patches, and other nutrient hot spots. Take samples from the correct depth (7.5 cm in TAS, 10cm in other states), keep samples cool, and send to a NATA or ASPAC laboratory as soon as possible.

 

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3. Get good advice  Using a Fertcare Accredited Advisor provides the best assurance of receiving quality fertiliser recommendations. Fertcare accreditation covers competence in sampling methodology, data interpretation, and fertiliser recommendations. Good advisors will get to know your farming system and production goals, and provide you with a 4Rs fertiliser plan.

 

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4. Follow the 4Rs  Follow the 4Rs fertiliser plan where it’s practical and affordable.

 

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5. Keep good records  Record fertiliser management decisions: fertilisers used, rates used, paddocks, and timing of each fertiliser application. Note any changes to the 4Rs plan. For nutrient budgeting purposes keep records of: milk production, grain and produce sold; and feeds and fertilisers purchased. Keep all soil test reports to monitor trends in soil fertility over time.

 

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