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NRM’s annual national soil summary shows nutrient deficiencies across two thirds of UK soils.

A NEWLY-PUBLISHED has revealed that around two thirds of UK soils are still deficient in magnesium, phosphorus and potassium, continuing a trend of almost 30 years.

The annual soil summary report has been compiled with consolidated data from thousands of soil samples across the UK by NRM, which has been gathering soil analysis data since 1995. This year’s summary includes data from soil samples collected between June 2021 and May 2022.

For the first time, NRM has also published consolidated data on plant tissue from its analysis services. This shows that nutrients might not be available for crops to utilise. 

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Agronomy Manager at NRM, Sajjad Awan, said: "There are some fascinating trends already, and these truly demonstrate the importance of analysing throughout the year to adjust plans before it’s too late. Not only does this help crop performance, but it also improves nutrient use efficiency."

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