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Nutrient management

Nutrient management

One of the main factors limiting yields in organic farming is insufficient nitrogen supply. Growing leguminous crops is the most effective way to increase nitrogen levels in the soil, but incorporating crop residues and manure can also be effective. Too much nitrogen or incorporating nitrogen at the wrong time of the crop cycle can cause more harm than good, so it is very important to understand the needs of each crop you are growing and the expected mineralisation rates of the fertiliser you apply. Deficiencies in potassium, phosphorus and sulphur may also limit yields and need to be considered in your fertilisation strategy.

On this page, you can find tools and resources that can help you design a robust nutrient management plan, and you can discuss the topic with others.


How to successfully convert to organic arable farmingMost popular tool

How to successfully convert to organic arable farming

The leaflet addresses farmers who are interested in conversion to organic arable farming. Information includes contact points for workshops and…

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Intercropping grain peas with barley

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Tools

TitleIssuing organisationYear of releaseRating
A Guide to Nutrient Budgeting on Organic Farms20103 (5)
Advanced system in wheat: Combination of agronomical levels: The French...-
Aerated compost tea (ACT) to improve soil biology and to act as a...20174.7 (3)
Are we mining the soil ?2018
Catch crop in maizeResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL20174 (1)
Challenges of Organic Arable Farming 1st module: Strategies to enhance soil...2017
Challenges of Organic Arable Farming 2nd module: Fertilization strategies to...2017
Challenges of Organic Arable Farming 5th module: Crops specific problems and...2017
Challenges of Organic Arable Farming - 6th module: Recovery and final synthesis2017
Choosing cover crops for arable crop rotations2018
Commercial organic fertiliser as supplementary fertilisers in potato crop...20174 (1)
Composting leaflet – agroecological approach at your farm20134.5 (2)
Controlled traffic farming: A new track for soil and weed control in organic...2018
Controlling docks by stubble cultivation20174.5 (2)
Cover crop and living mulch toolboxTechnical University of Munich TUM, School of Life...20143.4 (10)
Cover crop mulches and no-till soybean2017
Crop Management of Rapeseed and Pollen Beetle ControlResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL20164 (1)
Crop rotation and its ability to suppress perennial weeds20163 (1)
Crop Rotation in Organic Systems-
Demonstration of Plough Dethatchers20144.5 (2)
Determine compost quality using the cress tests2018
Direct Sowing of MaizeResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL2015
Direct sowing with green manure2018
Diverse fertility building leys in arable rotations20173.5 (2)
Earthworms: architects of fertile soilsResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL20143.6 (11)
Efficient nitrogen use from livestock manure2016
Efficient use of nitrogen from livestock manure20174 (2)
Grain legumes and soil fertility - Strategies for a successful cultivation20143.5 (2)
Green manure and cover crops in organic agriculture: general introductionFrench Research Institute for Organic Farming ITAB2012
Green manure and cover crops in organic agriculture: guide to the choice of the...French Research Institute for Organic Farming ITAB20124 (3)
Growing cover crops in organic arable crop rotations: Best practices from...20174 (2)
Growing cover crops in organic arable crop rotations: best practices from...2016
Hairy Vetch – an Excellent Green Manure for Dry Conditions20144 (2)
How to successfully convert to organic arable farmingLändliches Fortbildungsinstitut Österreich LFI20175 (2)
Incorporating Green ManuresResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL20134.5 (2)
Inter-row cultivation for mechanical weed control in winter oilseed rape-
Intercropping grain peas with barley2015
Knowledge exchange platform for agroecologySOLAGRO-3.2 (6)
LeNiBa - the KTBL / isip app for nitrogen balancing of legumes-
Managing for Soil Health on an Organic Farm - A Farmer's Perspective2014
Monitoring and comparing cover crop performances2018
Multispectral remote sensing in participatory on-farm variety trials2018
NDICEA - A digital tool to model nutrient balances across a crop rotation2018
NDICEA - Nitrogen Planer – version 6.220144 (4)
Nitrogen budget calculator. A tool to calculate N-budgets in organic forage...Leibniz-Zentrum für Agrarlandschaftsforschung...20133.8 (4)
Nitrogen supply for winter oilseed rapeResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL20174 (1)
Nutrient Budgeting: Organic Considerations for Implementing NRCS CPS 5902014
Nutrient management in farms in conversion to organicSächsische Landesanstalt für Umwelt,...2008
Nutrient supplyResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL20112 (1)
Organic Cultivation in Spring 2016 - Varieties, Seeds and Crop managementLändliches Fortbildungsinstitut Österreich LFI2016
Organic Cultivation of Green PeasLändliches Fortbildungsinstitut Österreich LFI2016
Organic field beans2009
Organic Field Crop Production-
Organic field peas2009
Organic grain legumes at a glance2009
Organic quality wheat production - Results of long-term field trials of...Ländliches Fortbildungsinstitut Österreich LFI2016
Organic rapeseed2011
Organic Small Grain Production2011
Organic soya2009
Organic Soybean made easy2018
Organic Soybean production in Europe2016
Organic Weed Management: A Practical Guide2000
Pest Management in Organic Cropping Systems-
Plant protection in organic farming2008
Potato Crop ManagementResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL2010
Practical advice for organic production of lupinesLandesforschungsanstalt für Landwirtschaft und...20144 (4)
Processing Quality of Organic WheatResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL2015
Regionally adapted humus balance in organic farmingSächsische Landesanstalt für Umwelt,...20133.7 (3)
Results an lessons learnt from field vegetables activity - cabbage-
Results and lessons learnt from wheat-based cropping system activity-
ROTOR: organic crop rotation plannerLeibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research...20074.6 (9)
SmartSOIL Tool20152 (3)
Soil and Fertility Management in Organic Systems-
Soil fertility - manure treatment2009
SOILapp2018
Sort Out Your Soil: A practical guide to green manuresCotswold Seeds Ltd , Garden Organic-4 (5)
Soybean silage2018
Successful cultivation of grain legumes mixed with cereals2017
Testing peas for legume fatigueResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL20175 (1)
The Spade test - Visual soil assessment in the fieldResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL20164.5 (2)
The use of legumes - Nature-compatible cultivation practices2014
Transition to organic production-
Use of variety mixtures to reduce disease, increase resource-use efficiency...-
Weed control in organic farming through mechanical solutionsUniversity of Kassel, Agricultural Engineering20113.5 (4)
Weed control in soy with the finger weederResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL2017
Weed harrowing in spring cereals-
Weed trimming in soybeans2017
Winter field peas as green manure before maizeResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL20174.5 (2)


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