Fertiliser calculators

A useful collection of calculators to compare the return on investment and margin over fertiliser when using different fertilisers.

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Nitrogen response on spring barley

The optimum rate of nitrogen for spring barley depends on the response of the crop to nitrogen, the crop value and the cost of nitrogen.  This calculator uses nitrogen response data to calculate the optimum rate of nitrogen at different wheat and nitrogen prices and also calculates the margin over fertiliser cost and return on investment for different applied rates of nitrogen.

Spring barley nitrogen response calculator

To begin please enter the required values

Fertiliser details

Crop Details

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Cost of nitrogen per kg

1.94 £ /kg N

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Optimum N Rate

Optimum N Rate

146 kg N/ha

Predicted yield

8.96 t/ha

Extra yield ?

3.80 t/ha

Extra crop value

837 £/ha

Cost of fertiliser applied

284 £ /ha

Return on investment

2.9 £/£ spent

Margin over fertiliser ?

553 £/ha

Comparison N Rate

Applied N Rate

125 kg N/ha

Predicted yield

8.72 t/ha

Extra yield ?

3.56 t/ha

Extra crop value

784 £/ha

Cost of fertiliser applied

243 £ /ha

Return on investment

3.2 £/£ spent

Margin over fertiliser ?

541 £/ha
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Please enter the required values

The calculations of predicted yield and optimum nitrogen rate are based on actual n-response data derived from 10 years (2011-2021) of n-response trials using ammonium nitrate as the n source, as shown below.

Nitrogen response of spring barley

It is possible to use the calculator for other sources of nitrogen such as CAN or liquid fertiliser but if using urea be aware that the nitrogen use efficiency may be reduced resulting in lower than predicted yields (of around 3-5%) which will affect the results.