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Irish farmers are actively addressing the environmentally-linked challenges their industry is facing at both national and European levels.

Since January 1st last, 3,000 Irish farmers have been dealing with the reality of working with the revised Nitrates Derogation of 220kg Nitrogen (N) per hectare (ha), down from 250kg N/ha.

This is in addition to the commitments laid out in the 2021 Climate Action Plan, which specify a 10% reduction in N by 2025; this will increase to 20% by 2030

These requirements, along with the EU’s Farm to Fork strategy, which requires a 20% reduction in chemical fertiliser use by 2030, means that farmers are already taking the necessary steps to achieve greater Nitrogen Use Efficiency (NUE) now.

Farmers across Ireland regularly use nutrient use efficiency technologies to reduce or stop N losses such as lime, as well as soil indices and protected urea. As farmers continue to work within regulations, they must also consider improving uptake and utilisation of the N they apply, along with the need to reduce the use of N on farm.

Irish farming systems are among the most sophisticated in the world in terms of production, product quality, scale and animal welfare. Irish farmers understand their pasture systems and how to maximise their potential, which Target Fertilisers has consistently recognised through its commitment to deliver market-leading, research-based products.

Winner of the 2023 FBD Better Farming Award (AgTech Ireland Best Agritech Science Product) and the 2021 Enterprise Ireland Innovation Arena Award, the Terra Range of fertilisers – with PSI®362 Precision Technology – has been developed as an alternative to untreated, inorganic nitrogen fertiliser.

Target Fertilisers, working with Brandon Bioscience, has created the Terra Range which provides a practical solution tailored to meet the evolving demands which farmers are guided by when it comes to reducing nitrate levels and preserving water quality.

Based in County Kerry, Brandon Bioscience has produced PSI®362 Precision Technology, a seaweed-based biostimulant which optimises Nitrogen (N) uptake and utilisation within the plant.

With proven multi-level activity in the plant through absorption, transportation and utilisation, PSI®362 Precision is expertly coated onto fertiliser granules and provides farmers with the solution to apply up to 25% less N on farm while maintaining yields.

PSI®362 Precision Technology is a biostimulant derived from the brown seaweed, Ascophyllum nodosum, and its effects have been published in four peer-reviewed papers including the Journal of Agronomy and Frontiers in Plant Science. It is approved under the EU Fertilising Products Regulation (FPR) 2019/1009 and carries the CE mark.

PSI®362 Precision Technology stimulates both nitrogen (N) uptake and assimilation mechanisms in the plant when applied at the same time as your N fertiliser, and so it takes up more of the available N in the soil. This means that similar biomass levels are being produced with up to 25% less N as well as seeing higher dry matter levels in the crop.

Through its technical team which is available to provide advice along with crop-specific recommendations, Target Fertilisers is striving to ensure that farmers will achieve high quality yields come harvest time. type

The Terra Range represents a sustainable fertiliser solution for Irish farmers to maintain yields and stocking rates while also preserving water quality.

As Oranmore farmer and Target Fertilisers customer Padraic Cummins put it: “The Terra Range fits into our system very well. While it may seem expensive, when you breakdown the performance it costs the same as regular CAN but with the added benefit of reducing our chemical N while maintaining grass production use and improving water quality in the area, so it’s an obvious choice.”

A practical, cost neutral and easily applied offering, available through your Target Fertiliser stockist, the Terra Range is part of the long-term and sustainable picture which farmers have already acknowledged as a key element of their day-to-day working future.