Official Statistics

British survey of fertiliser practice 2012

Annual statistics about fertiliser practices in Great Britain.


British survey of fertiliser practice 2012 - annual report

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format.

If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.


The British Survey of Fertiliser Practice is an annual nationally representative survey based on the selection each year of a sample of farms from mainland Britain. The main purpose of the survey is to estimate average application rates of nitrogen, phosphate and potash used for agricultural crops and grassland. Information is also collected on applications of sulphur fertilisers, organic manures and lime.

The survey is sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and the Scottish Government, Rural and Environment Research and Analysis Directorate.

Next update: see the statistics release calendar

Defra statistics: crops

You can also contact us via Twitter:

Published 11 April 2013
Last updated 25 April 2013 + show all updates
  1. A transcription error was made in Table B2.3 with the 2011 phosphate application rate for Great Britain in the original report. This has been corrected.
  2. Updated publication type to 'statistics'.
  3. First published.