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    Spreading Fertilisers and Applying Slug Pellets

At a time of year when fertiliser spreading and slug pellet application is being considered farmers and growers need to ensure that their applications systems are set up to deliver the right dose, in the right place, at the right time.


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Poor application can mean wasted product and increased costs. This risk however can be reduced by a bit of preparation and reading the industry’s guide on fertiliser application and technology.

Spreading Fertilisers and Applying Slug Pellets is one of a series of five best selling ‘operator handbooks’ published by BCPC, and provides the answers to key questions on this subject.

The higher cost of raw materials; more sophisticated application methods; Cross Compliance; NVZs; The Water Framework Directive and the Code of Good Agricultural Practice are six good reasons, says the BCPC, why this handbook will help growers save money and keep on top of the latest environmental regulations when applying fertilisers and slug pellets.

Written with operators in mind, the guide summarises the nuts and bolts of how spreaders and slug pellet applicators work and provides expert guidance on calibration, spreading mechanisms and control systems. It also outlines storage, environmental and safety issues as well as field routines, clean-up and safe disposal.

“There was a lack of sound advice in this area and we were encouraged by the industry to publish this handbook,” says BCPC managing director Chris Todd. “It provides growers and operators with a real opportunity to see if they are benefiting from the latest technology available as well as spreading their fertiliser correctly and effectively.”

The handbook also answers key questions on slug pellet application. “There is the assumption that spreading slug pellets is a bit like applying fertiliser but slug pellets are pesticides and, like spraying, qualifications are required and restrictions apply,” says Mr Todd. “Comprehensive guidance on the safe and effective use of slug pellets is provided in this handbook.”

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