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An ambition for zero carbon

with Sue Edmonds Zero carbon – can it be that Central Government will at last take a leading role on climate change? I read Simon Upton’s sensible and measured report on what needs to be considered in setting up our own Climate Commission...... Read More

Magnesium – the big loser

Better soilswith Brett PetersenKiwi Fertiliser & Golden Bay Dolomite Lack of magnesium in NZ soils has caused losses of millions of dollars every year. Little research is being done to solve the problem. Under the heading of ‘Magnesium deficiency’,...... Read More

The CPTPP and the new world trade order

Hort Talkwith Mike ChapmanHorticultureNZ CEO Before the United States withdrew from this trade agreement it was called the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and involved 12 countries, including the United States, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile,...... Read More

What will it take to change course?

Soil matterswith Peter BurtonFunctional Fertiliser Ltd That New Zealand will shift from its present short-term focussed, carbon-depleting mainstream soil fertility model to a genuine sustainable carbon positive one, is a given. It will happen,...... Read More

Anxiety, overload and mental issues for farmers

Financewith Don FraserFraser Farm Finance I make no apology for going back over this yet again, but the issues are huge. To be frank the statistics of suicide in farming are appalling, and many farmers are really struggling with themselves and...... Read More

Pursuing a career in the dairy industry

Dairy lifewith Donna McKinley My name is Donna McKinley, I’m 22-year-old keen farmer from the mighty Waikato. I’m delighted to have been offered the opportunity to write a monthly column on all things dairy, seasonal and industry challenges,...... Read More

The power of curcumin

Abundant livingwith John ArtsAbundant Health Last edition we looked at research into the healing power of turmeric. The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, which is the actual brilliant yellow pigment in turmeric. I find it fascinating that...... Read More

A stressful, difficult but ultimately rewarding season

Outlookwith Bill WebbBill Webb Feed Solutions The weather pattern this season has been all over the place. Spring began with very wet ground conditions from winter rains so it took us along time to get onto paddocks being so wet. Some paddocks...... Read More

Keeping out stink bugs

Outlookwith Bill WebbBill Webb Feed Solutions Two ships carrying hundreds of unwanted and dangerous hitchhikers have been refused entry to New Zealand ports and that’s great news. The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug were found on the large cargo...... Read More

Facial eczema risk high until possibly May

Vet's visionwith Phil RennieTauranga Vets Clinical cases of facial eczema are now being seen in the Bay of Plenty. Rain has hit most parts of the North Island over the past month and with the humid weather continuing, all farmers should be monitoring...... Read More

Get up to date with the rules

Your land surveyedwith Brent TrailSurveying Services Ltd With a new year you may have plans to develop your property, add to it or relocate completely. So, if you’re planning a subdivision or boundary adjustment on the farm this year you...... Read More

Sulphur the unsung hero

Better soilswith Brett PetersenKiwi Fertiliser & Golden Bay Dolomite Kiwi Fertiliser has many clients throughout the North Island and it never ceases to please us that when we increase sulphur from sub-optimum levels to optimum levels, both plant...... Read More

How management can lessen the impact of dry weather

Soil matterswith Peter BurtonFunctional Fertiliser Ltd In our second season of sharemilking there was a major facial eczema outbreak in autumn. I remember the conditions well; it was hot and muggy with little wind and low cloud cover for what seemed...... Read More

Fertiliser prices on the increase

Fert Optionswith Robin BoomAgronomic Advisory Services In the past month both Ballance and Ravensdown have increased their imported fertiliser prices as world prices go up for phosphorus products in particular. Di Ammonium Phosphate (DAP) is now...... Read More

HortNZ – the industry’s voice

Hort Talkwith Mike ChapmanHorticultureNZ CEO Commercial fruit and vegetable growers know the cost of everything. With challenges such as unpredictable weather, it can be difficult enough to grow high quality fruit and vegetables, but then growers...... Read More

Common plants can be deadly

Vet's visionwith Phil RennieTauranga Vets Many common plants, often found in gardens or in the wild, are lethal to livestock. In the second part of a series we look at the main, potentially deadly plants. Acorns/Oak: (Quercus spp.) Fallen acorns...... Read More

Subdivision rules change lifestyle focus in Western Bay

Your land surveyedwith Brent TrailSurveying Services Ltd Following a major rewrite of the rural subdivision rules in the Western Bay District, the Minden Lifestyle Zone has become the focus for rural residential subdivision in the Bay. The change...... Read More

Ancient seabed mined for phosphate in Peru

Better soilswith Brett PetersenKiwi Fertiliser & Golden Bay Dolomite The following describes a visit by Ron McLean, Managing Director of Kiwi Fertiliser to the Vale Phosphate mine. This is the original source of Sechura RPR, situated at Bayovar...... Read More

The planning bit of farming takes real effort

Soil matterswith Peter BurtonFunctional Fertiliser Ltd Doing stuff, particularly for practical people, is the easiest and most satisfying part of the farming process. It’s the planning bit that takes the real effort, and in many instances...... Read More




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