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Optimising nutrient management for field vegetables
Designed for
Individuals wanting to optimise yields and quality and apply the latest thinking on the management of soil nutrient supply and plant uptake of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), potassium (K), sulphur (S), magnesium (Mg) and micro-nutrients for field horticultural crops.
Entry requirement
Able to demonstrate practical experience
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£245 + VAT
A one day classroom-based course
CPD points
6 BASIS points and 1 NRoSO point
Paul Lewis, Senior Lecturer, Crop & Environmental Services Dept, Harper Adams University

Classroom module 1 (half day) – Soil and crop nutrient supply and demand:

  • how nutrients exist in soil, their interactions and what determines soil nutrient availability to plants (including soil compaction and soil water management);
  • best practice for soil nutrient testing, interpretation of laboratory analysis and how to adjust fertiliser applications in relation to soil nutrient supply;
  • value of organic amendments; how to determine their contribution versus inorganic fertiliser use;
  • estimating field horticultural crop fertiliser requirements for yield and quality;
  • micro-nutrient deficiencies – how to identify and manage to prevent;
  • different forms of N, P, K, S and Mg fertilisers plus use of solids versus liquids and compounds versus straights;
  • relevant legislation and compliance e.g. NVZs.

Classroom module 2 (half day) – Recent developments in nutrient management:

  • compliance with Red Tractor and other protocols;
  • carbon footprints and understanding the impact of the use of different types of fertiliser, notably abated and non-abated N;
  • responsibilities under FIAS;
  • measuring yield of crops before and after any changes to nutrient practice;
  • principles and pitfalls of measuring nutrient uptake by plants;
  • identify opportunities to improve quality and shelf life with correct and amended nutrition.

Trainers are accredited by ARTIS

Participants receive an ARTIS Accredited Certificate

“ARTIS courses are provided with very high standard compared to other training organisations. Always very enjoyable and useful”

Course delegate 

"It's what January is made for. A useful, sociable day spent at NIAB today refreshing the grey matter and networking with fellow Veg enthusiasts. Nutrient Management of Field Veg, run by ARTIS training & Paul Lewis HAU providing a great update and new knowledge. Sandwiches weren't bad either."

Matt Kettlewell, ProCam UK Limited