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The times, they are a changin’

Hort Talk with Mike Chapman HorticultureNZ CEO We pride ourselves in New Zealand as being innovators. The New Zealand horticulture industry is no exception to this reputation for innovation, with growers developing new and better...... Read More

The advantages of summer clover

Soil matters with Peter Burton Functional Fertiliser Ltd That permanent grazed pasture plants require a steady supply of nitrogen for optimum performance is not in question. Nitrogen is usually supplied in one of two ways, either...... Read More

How life can slip by so quick!

Finance with Don Fraser Fraser Farm Finance Remember when you were three and you wanted to be a farmer? Now you are five and off to school, telling everybody that you want to stay home and help dad on the farm. You are now eight...... Read More

Challenging the thinking around Milk Urea Nitrogen

Beneath the surface with David Law Forward Farming Since the 1970s, New Zealand farmers have been heavily reliant on synthetic nitrogen to grow their pasture. They’ve been led to believe that heavy use of synthetic nitrogen...... Read More

Mild weather and preparing for maize

Outlook with Bill Webb Bill Webb Feed Solutions Lately, the weather has been a mixed bag. A bit cold, fine, wet and dry. We’re still behind in rainfall; so far we’ve only seen two-thirds of our usual rainfall for...... Read More

Talking regenerative agriculture

Fert Options with Robin Boom Agronomic Advisory Services Regenerative agriculture is being touted by organisations such as Greenpeace as the future of farming because conventional farming – it claims – is unsustainable...... Read More

Should I take Co Enzyme Q10? Part 2

Abundant living with John Arts Abundant Health We generally make all the Co enzyme Q10, known as CoQ10, we need. Some people however should take extra as a supplement. CoQ10 is made in your liver from the same enzymes that make...... Read More

Should I take Co Enzyme Q10? – Part 1

Abundant living with John Arts Abundant Health Imagine trying to drive your car after someone had crimped the fuel line from your fuel tank to your engine. The car would still run but would quickly lose power on a hill or under...... Read More

New fertiliser passes the test

Fert Options with Robin Boom Agronomic Advisory Services Early-2019 I was approached by the owners of Australian fertiliser company Fert Direct PTY Ltd, which market a sulphur-infused triple superphosphate called Triple Plus...... Read More

We’re not of the woods yet – but don’t stress!

Outlook with Bill Webb Bill Webb Feed Solutions So we certainly had a bit more rain in June-July compared to the last six months. For July we’ve had 102mm. But we still have a big deficit compared to the usual 1600mm rainfall...... Read More

Thinking big in the face of economic shock

Finance with Don Fraser Fraser Farm Finance Reading ‘The Magic of Thinking Big’ by David J Schwartz Ph.D, was a life-changing experience for me in the 1990s. In his book, David says: ‘You need the habit of...... Read More

Inputs, outputs and outcomes all matter

Soil matters with Peter Burton Functional Fertiliser Ltd Without energy, life does not exist – and the purpose of pasture is to convert energy from sunlight into food, providing the energy essential for human survival. The...... Read More

Horticulture’s contribution to NZ’s Covid recovery

Hort Talk with Mike Chapman HorticultureNZ CEO Our industry’s contribution to the Covid recovery would seem as simple of providing fresh, healthy-grown local vegetables and fruit. But since we emerged from lockdown, this...... Read More

KCl versus potassium sulphate

Better soils with Brett Petersen Kiwi Fertiliser & Golden Bay Dolomite I recently found a very interesting scientific paper titled ‘The potassium paradox: Implications for soil fertility, crop production and human health’....... Read More

Retirement blocks – they’re dying fast

Your land surveyed with Brent Trail Surveying Services Ltd I remember a time when it was relatively easy to subdivide yourself a small block off your farm to build that dream home and ‘stay on the land’. Those days...... Read More

Spring first aid for calves

Vet's vision with Phil Rennie Tauranga Vets Prompt and effective management of newborn calves is critical to give them the best chance of getting through the first few vulnerable months of life in good health. While not exhaustive,...... Read More

The not-so-secret agenda

Soil matters with Peter Burton Functional Fertiliser Ltd That the country is resolutely heading towards a carbon neutral economy is not the least bit secret, nor will the target change with a different government. Farming will,...... Read More

Would an internet failure be worse than a pandemic?

Finance with Don Fraser Fraser Farm Finance Right at the start of lockdown, an article appeared in the New Zealand Herald setting out how the world would cope with failed internet through attack, failure on radiation from the...... Read More

Growing our way out of Covid

Hort Talk with Mike Chapman HorticultureNZ CEO I’m proposing there is a third wave to New Zealand’s Covid recovery plan. The first wave focused on the health of people. The second wave is focusing on the economy,...... Read More




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