N2O, N2 and NH3 emissions following different slurry and digestate application techniques
- In Germany, about 95% of ammonia (NH3) emissions originate from agriculture 40% from the application of slurry and digestate.
- In Germany, agriculture accounts for about 7% of total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 50% are
produced in agricultural soils in the form of nitrous oxide (N2O).
- With the amendment of the Fertilizer Ordinance 2017,
the application of slurry and digestate in autumn on
arable land is strongly restricted.
- The application of slurry and digestate will therefore increasingly take place in the spring into growing crops with near-ground application techniques and without
the possibility of direct incorporation into the soil, which may enhance emissions.