Anyone growing crops with no fert ?


Haven't put N on my apples for decades, soil is high in P and although quite probably low in K I haven't put any of that on either for 5+ years.
I do use Maxicrop Triple and a couple of foliar sprays of Epsom Salts. Also use Calcium Nitrate sprays against bitterpit but they tell me there isn't enough N in that to make any difference in the leaf (it is the Ca that is what I am trying to increase)
I have seen no difference in fruit quantity, size or quality that would make me decide to put N on even if it was free. Not sure if the Maxicrop makes a difference but for what I pay and amount used it doesn't matter if it doesn't (my suspicion is that it does) as it does act as a wetter for the potassium bicarb I use against mildew.
Alleyway grass is so lush I could graze sheep or even get a few good cuts off it, not sure why that is but possibly the amount of clover in it.

I haven't always done it like that and historically I was using bagged NPK, with hindsight I wonder why I ever did.

Potassium Bicarb 25kg/ha/year
Maxicrop Triple 4 litres/ha/season
Epsom salts 4kg/ha/season
CaN 30kg/ha/season


On otherwise healthy soils, judicious use of nitrogen will allow double the yield. There is no point in farmers doing their own trials: they have all been done during the early to mid nineteen hundreds.

On grassland in particular, nitrogen is extremely valuable in accelerating spring growth, and producing grass with higher energy and protein, to the nutritional and welfare benefit of whatever ruminant is grazing it. It also gives an improved root system, resulting in a higher mineral content of the grass, whether it is grazed or conserved. It is also a vital tool in the survival of small farms who can use it effectively to increase their acreage.

I don't think the Government and the sandal - wearing weirdos realise the extent to which artificial nitrogen improves the efficiency and quantity of home-produced food, and reduces our dependence on imported food and protein. We should utilise our own natural gas supplies even if they are to be used for nothing but production of nitrogenous fertiliser.

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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...