A new Manure Standards report compiles legislation and voluntary actions regulating manure fertilization and fertilizer use in the Baltic Sea Region. Such information is very diverse and has not been collected earlier. The report is targeted to anyone working with manure utilization and its development and/or regulation.
The new report compiles legislation and voluntary actions regulating manure fertilization and fertilizer use in the following countries: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Sweden. Country-specific legislation on manure fertilization and fertilizer use is described in country-specific chapters.
“The fertilization regulation and voluntary actions within the Baltic Sea coastal countries have their similarities, but also significant differences”, conclude the editors of the report, Sari Luostarinen and Johanna Laakso from the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke). The quality and frequency of manure data collection as the basis of manure fertilization regulation and the fertilization limits given differ significantly between the countries. Thus, the actual amounts of manure spread per hectare range from very precise to rather loose quantities. The amount of nutrients added therefore also varies. The variation is not desirable from the point-of-view of efficient, equal and environmentally friendly manure fertilization.
Due to potential changes in the regulation, it is worth noting that the situation described in the report is for the year 2019.
The report has been published in the report series of Natural Resources Institute Finland.
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