The record wheat harvest was broken - twice - in the UK this year. The spotlight was, for a short while at least, on yield. But, while the value of many cereal and other crops have fallen, for farmers such as Luke Paterson in the East of England the focus is always on response to inputs or the return on his agri-investment.
In a short film featuring now on YouTube you can hear Luke’s perspective and why he chose to use Polysulphate as well as the difference it has made (there is also an alternative version of the film with english subtitles).
Spreading the news
A Polysulphate user since 2013, Luke first chose to use this crop-boosting fertilizer on vining peas. Very happy with the performance with that crop, he then went to use it on oilseed rape and then, just two years later, to the whole farm. Particularly it is the spreadability of the product that appeals: casting it over 36 metres is not a problem.
Testimony from farmers is always interesting. You may remember that earlier in 2015 we posted a film featuring German farmer Michael Zapf. In the asparagus and strawberry fields of his family farm he showed remarkable improvements in quality and yield from Polysulphate application.
To add to that experience in fruits and vegetables from continental Europe we now have this example from UK arable farming, where Polysulphate fits conveniently and effectively into the whole farming system.
Balancing fertilizer to achieve yield potential
In order to get the best crop performance farmers are thinking very much more carefully on how and when to apply the precise balance of fertilizer the crop needs for best nutrition and growth. Knowledge of the interplay between different plant nutrients is key in order to achieve yield potential.
We’re grateful to Luke Paterson for sharing his experience. We will be adding to this testimony collection with the experiences of farmers in other regions.