K use this year

Secret Agronomist

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Arable Farmer
What are thoughts for K use this season. We have generally good levels, mostly in the moderate range, some high and some in the low category.
With the price of MOP at the moment I am toying with not putting any on cereals this year and saving what was earmarked for that for next year on carrots and potatoes that are obviously more responsive to K applications. This MOP is valued at an average of maybe £400/t. And the tonnage I have in stock would be enough to cover 90% of next years root crops.
Could I substitute some of the omitted K with a bit of foliar (and if so what product and at what timing?) maybe applied 2 or 3 times with fungicides instead, but I don't want to impact yield.
This is obviously not a long term sustainable plan, we use all the straw on the farm for covering carrots so we keep as much K here as possible and we get as much chicken litter as we can but do still need to top up with K.
Any opinions welcome.
 

Bogweevil

Member
What are thoughts for K use this season. We have generally good levels, mostly in the moderate range, some high and some in the low category.
With the price of MOP at the moment I am toying with not putting any on cereals this year and saving what was earmarked for that for next year on carrots and potatoes that are obviously more responsive to K applications. This MOP is valued at an average of maybe £400/t. And the tonnage I have in stock would be enough to cover 90% of next years root crops.
Could I substitute some of the omitted K with a bit of foliar (and if so what product and at what timing?) maybe applied 2 or 3 times with fungicides instead, but I don't want to impact yield.
This is obviously not a long term sustainable plan, we use all the straw on the farm for covering carrots so we keep as much K here as possible and we get as much chicken litter as we can but do still need to top up with K.
Any opinions welcome.

Analyses coming back with reasonable levels so thinking insufficient rain to leach much this winter in the SE at least.

Plants use a lot of K so hard to slap on enough to make a significant difference by foliar feeding.

In this region summer drought is always probable so the purported drought hardening aspects of K put me off stinting it, especially on sands.
 

robbie

Member
BASIS
What are thoughts for K use this season. We have generally good levels, mostly in the moderate range, some high and some in the low category.
With the price of MOP at the moment I am toying with not putting any on cereals this year and saving what was earmarked for that for next year on carrots and potatoes that are obviously more responsive to K applications. This MOP is valued at an average of maybe £400/t. And the tonnage I have in stock would be enough to cover 90% of next years root crops.
Could I substitute some of the omitted K with a bit of foliar (and if so what product and at what timing?) maybe applied 2 or 3 times with fungicides instead, but I don't want to impact yield.
This is obviously not a long term sustainable plan, we use all the straw on the farm for covering carrots so we keep as much K here as possible and we get as much chicken litter as we can but do still need to top up with K.
Any opinions welcome.
Id say not to bother applying any except for those low category.
I know it's expensive and probably going to be even more so next year but you don't want to cut your nose off to spite your face. Apply maintenance or just below to anything index 1+ just so index doesn't drop too low, it'll drop quick but is hard to build back up again.
 

T Hectares

Member
Location
Berkshire
I have supplies of poultry muck, fym and sludge and a small amount of K in Polysulphate any bagged P&K purchases next year will be the same as this year, zero.
To me it’s why we maintain indices to sustain us through periods like this, it can be built up again in the future when we can afford to do so.
 

redsloe

Member
Location
Cornwall
No bagged K on anything that had fym and 1cwt an acre of MOP on the rest including silage ground this year.

Less than some of it should, but better than nothing.
 

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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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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...
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