Funding: sourced from the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC).
Project Aim: It is well understood that the poorer sands in the West Midlands are prone to nutrient leaching and excess recharge. Deep rooted species such as perennial grasses help reduce these problems. However, the most recent research on fertiliser applications on these pastures found that the pastures commonly had nutrient deficiencies severe enough to reduce production.
The aim of this project is to test different fertiliser regimes to find out which rate is best for perennial pasture growth. This will be done by setting up three demonstrations of 2.5 hectares on existing perennial pastures. At each site, there will be five treatments with different fertiliser regimes.