ARTIS: Principles of nutrient management in field vegetables


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£200 + VAT

Full residential rate: £66.50 per night


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.


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Entry requirement

Able to demonstrate practical experience.

CPD points

12 BASIS points available for this course.

Trainers are accredited by ARTIS.

Participants receive an ARTIS Accredited Certificate.

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