Organic Rules and Certification

Livestock manure, fertilizers, intensity and import

Jespersen, Lizzie Melby (2007) Livestock manure, fertilizers, intensity and import. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Summary

The maximum application of Nitrogen in livestock manure is 140 kg total N per hectare per plan period (August 1 - July 31) and a maximum of 50 % of the Nitrogen (70 kg total N/hectare) may be conventional manure or other fertilizers listed in Annex 1 according to the DK Governmental Guidelines on Organic Agricultural Production, October 2006, Section 3.4: Fertilisers and soil improvers.

Difference

According to the DK Governmental Guidelines on Organic Agricultural Production, October 2006, Section 3.4: Fertilisers and soil improvers, the maximum application of Nitrogen in livestock manure is 140 kg total-N per hectare per plan period (August 1 - July 31). Maximum 50 % of the Nitrogen (70 kg total N/hectare) may be from conventional manure or other fertilizers in Annex I A. Besides, there are general limits (also for conventional farms) for the application of N to various crops depending on soil type and previous crop. According to the EEC 2092/91 Regulation, Annex I B, Article 7.1 the total amount of manure applied on the agricultural land of a holding may not exceed 170 kg N per hectare per year in accordance with Directive 91/676/EEC. There are no restrictions on the application of conventional manure or other fertilisers mentioned in Annex I A within this limit.

Justification

The lower limit of 140 kg total N/ha has been set due to environmental concerns and studies showing that the legumes in the rotation, which are not accounted for in the calculation of total N-application, may deliver a considerable contribution to the nitrogen input. The requirement that maximum 50 % of the total N may come from conventional manure is set to reduce the dependency on conventional farming and to reduce the risk of contamination of the soil.

EU Regulation

Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > A.Plant and plant products > Fertilizing - Annex I A2

Item type:Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91
Subjects:Crop production > Fertilisers
Country/Standard: Europe > Denmark > Governmental regulation
Principles:Ecological principle
Principle of health
ID Code:1207
Deposited By:Mrs. Lizzie Melby Jespersen
Deposited On:08 Jan 2007
Last Modified:24 Nov 2008 08:20

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