Tried & Tested is an initiative of the agricultural industry with support from Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF). We aim to help farmers to improve nutrient management planning through a toolkit.
In 2014, 60% of farm holdings (74% of the farmed area) in England reported possession of a nutrient management plan, and 18% of those with a plan used Tried & Tested.
Tried & Tested promotes a very practical way to plan and record nutrient use, e.g. through the Tried & Tested paper-based nutrient management plan. We also provide our publications and other guidance electronically online and on USB.
As well as introducing the concept of nutrient planning and helping farmers meet regulatory requirements, good nutrient management will help to reduce diffuse water pollution in order to meet the objectives of the Water Framework Directive.
The wider project provides links to industry advisers including FACTS Qualified Advisers and has established of a Proficiency Testing Scheme for UK soil laboratories.
Tried & Tested works in partnership with Campaign for the Farmed Environment (CFE). The CFE is an industry-led initiative which helps farming businesses by signposting to best practice in soil management, crop nutrition and pesticide use and helps farmers support the natural environment, whilst farming productively.
Our tools are used by regional CFE co-ordinators, many of whom are FACTS qualified advisers, at events and workshops.
Tried & Tested also collaborated with CFE to produce an introductionto nutrient management, Nutrient management for your farm business, which helps to introduce the principles behind good nutrient management and the Tried & Tested toolkit.