With the dangers of nitrate pollution due to agriculture, Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZs) have been established in up to 55% of England to keep track of nitrate pollution in our waters. Due to this, rules and regulations have been set up by the government to control the total use of nitrogen fertilisers to help reduce leaching and run offs. It has been suggested that the total costs of fertiliser loss in UK lowland farming ranges from £10,000 to £20,000 per km^2 per year (UK Progress on Reducing Nitrate Pollution, 2018).
When not monitored correctly, only 40-50% uptake of fertiliser can occur resulting in over fertilisation. Here at ZP AgTech our nitrate sensors can allow you to track the nitrate concentration in soil allowing you to make the best decisions possible (based on reliable data) for both agriculture and the environment. After initial investment into our sensors, we estimate savings of approximately £250-£300 per hectare. This could result in average UK farm savings between £52,500 - £645,000 annually!