Fertiliser efficiency - Focus on horticulture in open field

How to use innovative fertilisation and nutrient recycling to solve the conflict between the need for crop fertilisation and legislative requirements regarding water quality?


The final report of this Focus Group has been published.


Tasks:

  • Determining how crop quality and yield is influenced by legal requirements (stemming from the Nitrates Directive and the Water Framework Directive) and by which elements in particular (application standards, closed periods, organic matter calculation).
  • Identifying and comparing systems to reduce fertiliser use without affecting yield and quality while taking into account cost-effectiveness and other factors like temperature, humidity, soil etc.
  • Highlighting innovative systems that can help to solve the conflict between crop quality and quantity demands and the legislative requirements, e.g. innovative fertilisation techniques, crop residue management, irrigation management, crop rotation, organic matter and by-products management, N and P dynamics in relation with soil quality, the use of slow release fertilisers and catch crops, nutrient spreading or placement, tillage, others.
  • Listing fail factors that limit the use of the identified techniques/systems by farmers and summarising how to address these factors.

Results:


Other information:


Focus Group members:

Surname, first name

Profession

Country

Brañas, Javier

Expert from agriculture organization, industry or manufacturing

Spain

Canali, Stefano

Farm advisor; expert from agriculture organization, industry or manufacturing; scientist

Italy

Carranca, Corina

Scientist

Portugal

Coopman, Franky
Farmer; farm advisor; expert from agriculture organization, industry or manufacturing; scientist

Belgium

de Haan, Janjo
Scientist

Netherlands

De Neve, Stefaan

Scientist

Belgium

Garming, Hildegard

Scientist

Germany

Hajdu, Zoltán
Farm advisor; other type of advisor

Hungary

Malusa, Eligio

Scientist

Italy

Martínez Gaitán, Carolina Clara

Expert from agriculture organization, industry or manufacturing; scientist

Spain

Mulholland, Barry

Expert from agriculture organization, industry or manufacturing; scientist

United Kingdom

Nicola, Silvana
Scientist

Italy

Plunkett, Mark

Other type of advisor

Ireland

Rahn, Clive

Other type of advisor; scientist

United Kingdom

Shaban, Nidal
Scientist

Bulgaria

Svensson, Ingvar

Farmer; farm advisor

Sweden

Thompson, Rodney

Scientist

Non-European country

Toresano-Sanchez, Fernando Andres

Expert from agriculture organization, industry or manufacturing

Spain

Verhaeghe, Micheline

Farm advisor;Scientist

Belgium

Voogt, Wim
Scientist

Netherlands

Facilitation team
Van de Casteele, Bart Coordinating expert Belgium
Desimpelaere, Koen  
Task manager Belgium

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