For farmers, slurry can be both a blessing and a curse: in the right place at the right time, it’s a valuable source of fertilizing nutrients; in the wrong place at the wrong time, it’s a dangerous and heavily-regulated potential pollutant.
But how useful are these tools to farmers in the field? How can they be made better?
SLURRY-MAX is an interdisciplinary project led by Claire Waterton at Lancaster Unversity. Claire, alongside her colleagues Lisa Norton (Lancaster), Katrina Macintosh (Queen’s Belfast), Ruben Sakrabani (Cranfield), James Gibbons and Dave Chadwick (Bangor), Shailesh Shrestha (SRUC) and Emma Cardwell (Lancaster), working alongside ADAS and AHDB, will investigate what decision support tools actually do for farmers, and how they can be made to do more.