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Assessment of relative nitrate losses from Organic and Convetional farming systems, based on recent measurements

{Project} Assessment of relative nitrate losses from Organic and Convetional farming systems, based on recent measurements. Runs 1997 - 1997. Project Leader(s): Unspecified, , ADAS.

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Summary

The objective of this preliminary study is to assess the relative nitrate losses to be expected from organic and conventional farming systems. The study will compare recent measurements made on organic farms (MAFF contract NT1313) with those made on conventional farms within Nitrate Sensitive Areas and, where possible, eleswhere. The report will aim to identify the points in the rotation where differences occur, and to discuss these in the light of the whole farming system.
The comparison is relevant to MAFF's nitrate and environmental policy, since if organic farming reduces nitrate losses significantly compared to conventional farming, on an area basis, it would be worth considering as an option within Nitrate Sensitive Areas or Nitrate Vulnerable Zones, and would carry the added benefit of reduction in pesticide inputs.


EPrint Type:Project description
Keywords:Nitrate Sensitive Areas, Nitrate Vulnerable Zones, environmnetal, policy, nitrate, vegetables, crops
Subjects: Environmental aspects
Crop husbandry > Production systems > Pasture and forage crops
Crop husbandry > Production systems > Cereals, pulses and oilseeds
Crop husbandry > Production systems > Root crops
Farming Systems > Farm nutrient management
Crop husbandry > Production systems > Vegetables
Research affiliation: UK > ADAS
Research funders: UK > Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
Project ID:OF0141
Start Date:1 March 1997
End Date:31 March 1997
Deposited By: Defra, R&D Organic Programme
ID Code:9969
Deposited On:13 Dec 2006
Last Modified:20 Aug 2009 14:34

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