Farmer resilience is being tested

Outlook with Andre Lietze FeedCo Ltd By the time this goes to print, the first of June will have been and gone and we will be well into the winter months with shorts days and cold temperatures upon us. However, this comes with...... Read More

Responsible nitrogen use

Nitrogen may be a tasteless, odourless and colourless gas – but as 78 per cent of the earth’s atmosphere, it’s mostly what we inhale with every breath we take. There are also vast amounts of nitrogen in the earth’s crust and in...... Read More

Digestion before growth

Carbon Positive Farming with Peter Burton Functional Fertiliser Ltd Another two large dairy enterprises in North Otago are listed as mortgagee sales. We understand the lack of profitability of both dates back some time, and...... Read More

Fine-tuning for the future

I find myself repeating the same sentiment from my editorials of the last few months: it’s been a tough season. For avocado growers, the struggle to make ends meet persists long after the harvest is over. Yet, amidst the challenges, there’s...... Read More

Know your boundaries...

Your land surveyed with Brent Trail Surveying Services Ltd Before you contemplate adjusting the boundary with your neighbour it would pay to find out where the boundary lies in the first place. On more than one occasion surveyors...... Read More

Magnesium and hypertension

The Women’s Health Study is one of the most influential medical studies. This followed nearly 30,000 Female Health professionals who are over 45. It is still going now after 30 years. One of the many observations was the relationship between...... Read More

Project manage for successful subdivision

Your land surveyed with Brent Trail Surveying Services Ltd Many times in the past we’ve been asked to assist someone by providing a plan for a subdivision that they propose to undertake. Worse than that, we’ve been...... Read More

Weather payouts, feed and pasture

Outlook with Andre Lietze FeedCo Ltd What a great end to the summer months, with NIWA announcing January was the hottest month in Whakatāne since records began in 1974!  As I write this column it’s mid-February...... Read More

Phosphates that reduce wastage

Better Fert with Arthur Payze Fertco National Sales Maneger Phosphates are a vital element for all living things including plants. But it can be difficult getting sufficient phosphate to plants without wastage to the soil or...... Read More

An industry in decline

Carbon Positive Farming with Peter Burton Functional Fertiliser Ltd The base of any farming industry is the soil on which pasture and crops are grown. Our first farming work was in the Bay of Plenty just below the Kaimai Range's...... Read More

The world’s worst job?

What is the world’s worst job? Telemarketer maybe? Slaughterman? Proctologist or gong farmer? Slightly different to a Kiwi dairy or sheep farmer in that the gong farmer was bloke in Tudor England who made two shilling a ton for emptying cesspits...... Read More

Weird and wonderful on the farm

It was the most perfect of times, but also the spookiest. Summertime, inland mid-Canterbury on 150 hectares of sheep farm where the grass is forever fighting for survival against river stones, thistles, the shimmering heat and the big dry. The grass...... Read More

Why grazing intervals over summer are important

Carbon Positive Farming with Peter Burton Functional Fertiliser Ltd  Short grazing intervals markedly reduce total pasture cover over summer as well as limiting the amount of pasture grown between now and the end of autumn. Just...... Read More

Curcumin and digestive health

John Arts                   Abundant Living          I...... Read More

Greatest value close to home

Carbon Positive Farming with Peter Burton Functional Fertiliser Ltd In the 32 years I’ve been involved in the dolomite business the most common objection when selling it has been its price. That’s a fair and reasonable...... Read More

Rural subdivision on again

Your land surveyed with Brent Trail Surveying Services Ltd When the National Policy Statement for high-quality soils came into effect, we were not surprised when some councils overreacted to it. Even though, with the last full...... Read More

Joint Problems: Dealing with the causes (Part 1)

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Limestone, the foremost of fertilisers

Better soils with Brett Petersen Kiwi Fertiliser & Golden Bay Dolomite  I can recall many occasions after a farmer or contractor had applied lime, dolomite, gypsum, or even burnt lime, “that is was good stuff, because...... Read More

Why sunshine is everything, almost.

Carbon Positive Farming with Peter Burton Functional Fertiliser Ltd  In an ever-changing world it’s comforting to know that some things remain the same.  September nervousness has been a constant for as long as...... Read More

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