Climate Actions for February
- Three Reasons to use Protected Urea
- Get your slurry analysed for nutrient content
- Spread slurry close to when grass growth is taking off using LESS equipment
- Continue to spread lime through February - save up to 80 kg N/ha
- Grazing animals feed themselves and spread their slurry
Get your slurry analysed for nutrient content
Knowing the quality of your slurry can help make decisions on application, ensuring its use is optimised and not wasted. Use a hydrometer to estimate the nutrient content of your slurry. Check out this video which explains the process.
Alternatively, send a sample to a laboratory for analysis.
The procedure for taking a slurry sample:
- Your own health and safety is the first most important aspect. Be aware of safety guidelines around PTO guards and slurry gases.
- January/February i.e. the first time slurry is being spread. After the winter is the best time to test slurry
- The slurry must be well agitated so that all crust and water are completely mixed before taking the sample
- Suck up a load of slurry from the slurry pit using the slurry tanker
- Get the slurry sample from the fill point of the slurry tanker
- Place 0.5 litres of slurry into a sealed screw-capped container provided
- Keep the sample cool and post to the lab the day you take the sample
- A number of slurry tanks should be tested if both covered and uncovered slurry tanks are in the farmyard