Digestate and compost good practice guidance

9th February 2016

Guidance for farmers, growers, advisers and agricultural contractors on how to maximise the benefits of using digestate and compost as renewable fertilisers.

Key points
Integrating renewable and bagged fertilisers can increase crop yields and reduce fertiliser costs
Renewable Fertiliser Matrix shows how digestate & compost can be used with different crops
Tailored guidance available for farmers and agri-contractors
Guides includes handy checklists

Good practice guidance for farmers, growers and advisers: This guide provides  an  introduction  to  compost  and anaerobic  digestate,  how  they can be  integrated  into  farm  nutrient  planning  and  how  they  should  be applied to the field. Includes the Renewable Fertiliser Matrix.

  • Written specifically for farmers, growers and agronomists.
  • Provides typical nutrient contents of digestate and compost for use in fertiliser planning.
  • Provides guidance on NVZ and other regulatory compliance.

Good practice guide for agricultural contractors: This guide for agri contractors provides an  introduction  to  compost  and anaerobic digestate, the importance of supplying the right quality, and how they should be applied to the field.

  • Written specifically for agri contractors.
  • Explains considerations required for digestate and compost made from food waste.
  • Includes guidance on how best to apply to help maximise the fertiliser value.

Good practice guidance (reference version): This is the full reference version of  the  good  practice  guide,  relevant  to  anyone  interested  in  understanding  the guidance in greater detail.

  • Details the agronomic properties of digestate and compost.
  • Includes financial breakdowns of the value and costs of using renewable fertilisers.
  • Explains the  Biofertiliser  and  Compost  Certification  Schemes  for  sourcing  quality  assured products.