University of Newcastle Agriculture degree student, Melissa Gorst, has won the Potash Development Association (PDA)-sponsored crop nutrition assignment prize.
Students were given a farm scenario concerning potash deficiency and asked to write up the assignment from an advisory rather than academic perspective. The essay described the benefits and planning of potash use.
Peter Hoey, PDA co-ordinator, said: “The scenario was set so that it would be written as an adviser not as an academic and Melissa has achieved this admirably. I’d like to congratulate her and thank all at Newcastle for their efforts.”
Given a scenario where soil sampling revealed that potassium concentration was 56-85 mg/litre and arable crop yields had been below average, Ms Gorst advised increasing potassium indices to 2- and that the cost of applying fertiliser would be covered by the resulting extra yield.
Mr Hoey presented Ms Gorst with a cheque for £250.