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Win 10 tonnes of CF Nitram with Farmers Guide and CF Fertilisers One very lucky Farmers Guide reader will win 10t of CF’s Nitram fertiliser by entering this exclusive competition. Please read the article below, answer the simple question that follows and then fill in the entry form or take part online.

Nitram delivers highest harvest yields and grain quality case scenario being 43 per cent, he says. “This means that nearly half of the nitrogen paid for in urea can end up in the atmosphere and not on your crops.”

Optimum N rate

With combines now rolling across the UK, much of the final yield and quality being realised will be the result of fertiliser decisions made several months ago, says CF Fertilisers’ Ross Leadbeater. “It’s not just about application rates and timings, the type of fertiliser you use can have a massive effect on the results you see at harvest. “Evenness of application due to uniformity of prill size, how quickly material is absorbed by the plant and the overall efficiency of nitrogen utilisation all have a significant impact on how nitrogen use is translated into crop growth.” When it comes to using fertilisers to maximise both yield and grain quality, there are some indisputable facts, he points out. “There is a wealth of information built up over the years with regard to the relative benefits of Britishproduced Nitram ammonium nitrate (AN) compared with imported urea in relation to the UK’s specific growing conditions.” According to the definitive Defra NT26 research programme into UK fertiliser use, for example, loss of nitrogen to the air from urea averages 22 per cent with the worst

In fact, the original Defra-funded researchers worked out that to maintain crop yields, the optimum N rate using urea would have to be, on average, 20 per cent higher than with AN, he explains. “Using these higher levels of urea-based fertilisers would undoubtedly lead to serious harm to the environment, enriching sensitive habitats, contributing to poor air quality and causing the secondary release of nitrous oxide, a dangerous greenhouse gas, the researchers reported.” On average, winter cereals using AN were shown to have yields 0.3–0.4t/ha more than those which received urea, Ross Leadbeater adds. “Replicated experiments funded by Defra since 2003 have shown that at a rate of 200kg N/ha, AN yielded more than urea in 77 per cent of cases and gave a yield advantage of more than 1t/ha in one case.” In terms of grain quality, a review of all available data by ADAS in 2015 concluded use of AN increased grain protein content by 0.4 per cent compared with urea, thus illustrating its superior performance in milling wheats, he points out. “Defra has also reported that urea use lowers protein levels in wheat by around 0.3 per cent. This has been replicated in other trials on many occasions. “Overall, the conclusion reached by the Defra funded researchers in their summary to the extensive five years of in-depth work behind their NT26 research programme is that AN remains the best option for UK agriculture.” ■

Nitram FACTS •

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Ammonium nitrate (Nitram) is a very predictable and efficient source of nitrogen manufactured and marketed for over 50 years. As the most efficient source of nitrogen, it is ‘the best option for the environment and farming’ according to Defra research. With consistent manufacturing, Nitram prills spread evenly up to wider widths (with a correctly calibrated spreader) maximising application accuracy and minimising environmental concerns. Nitram is supported by CF Fertilisers’ technical advice services such as N-Min and N-Calc to ensure optimum utilisation efficiency.

To take part in the competition, please read the question below and circle the correct answer: Researchers have found that to maintain crop yields, the optimum nitrogen rate using urea over AN would have to be, on average... a) 5% higher

b) 10% higher

c)15% higher

d) 20% higher

Please also complete the following statement in less than 25 words. I believe Nitram grows better crops because: ............................................................. ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... Name:.............................................. Trading Name: ............................................................. Address: ..................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... Postcode: ......................... Contact Phone Number: ........................................................ Email: .......................................................................................................................................... Are you the main fertiliser decision maker? Y / N Please tick to receive details of CF Fertilisers products Farm type:

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If arable, area of production.............. ha If livestock, area of grassland................ha Please complete the above and either: • Post to: CF & Farmers Guide Nitram Competition, CF Fertilisers UK Ltd, Ince, Chester CH2 4LB. • Take a picture of the completed entry form with your smartphone and email it to: competition@cffertilisers.co.uk • Or enter online visit: cffertilisers.co.uk/competition Terms & Conditions 1. The prize is 10 tonnes of CF Fertilisers Nitram for the winner's own use. It is subject to availability, nonrefundable, non-transferable and no prize alternative available. 2. The competition (Prize Draw) is open to bona fide farmers who comply with the AIC 5 point plan for safe storage and handling of fertiliser. 3. Entrants must be GB mainland residents (aged 18yrs or over), excluding ‘employees’ or ‘relatives of employees’ of Farmers Guide (Early Bird Farming Publications Ltd) or CF Fertilisers UK Ltd 4. Inclusion in the Prize Draw is subject to entry and registration. All entries must contain valid name, address and contact number. 5. Entries to the draw must be received by August 31st 2017 . 6. Only one entry per person is permitted. Entries should be posted to the address shown, submitted online or handed to CF at events attended by CF, or CF Distributors during this competition period. 7. The winner will be selected at random from all valid entrants. Acceptance of the prize is consent to use winners name and photo in publication 8. The judge’s decision is final. No correspondence or discussion shall be entered into. 9. Completion of this form implies acceptance of these terms and conditions.

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