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Time the great healer – Part 2

Abundant living with John Arts Abundant Health There are three components of any nutritional support programme I create. There is diet; making sure that foods help not worsen the problem. There are supplements; these help us...... Read More

More soil fertility myths

Fert Options with Robin Boom Agronomic Advisory Services Continuing from last month’s column, here are some more myths that are commonly espoused by people pedalling products and ideas to farmers. Myth 5: The chloride...... Read More

No hugs, handshakes but a warm welcome

Outlook with Bill Webb Bill Webb Feed Solutions Don’t be offended if you don’t get a handshake or a hug when you call in at our Paengaroa depot. It’s not that you won’t be welcome – we’re just...... Read More

What do you look for in a trustee?

Finance with Don Fraser Fraser Farm Finance What are your responsibilities and what do you need to do? I’ve seen people appointed as trustees to family trusts and wills and have witnessed them making some terrible decisions. ...... Read More

Why regenerative wins – every time

Soil matters with Peter Burton Functional Fertiliser Ltd To have a view on regenerative farming it’s essential that the term be defined – and in our view most New Zealand pastoral farmers are currently abiding by...... Read More

Call for HortNZ directors 2020

Hort Talk with Mike Chapman HorticultureNZ CEO This year three grower-elected Horticulture New Zealand directors will retire by rotation, and the HortNZ board is also looking to appoint a director to complement the skills, experience...... Read More

Regaining profitability

Better soils with Brett Petersen Kiwi Fertiliser & Golden Bay Dolomite The incumbent agricultural and silvicultural practices are degenerating soils, and polluting water supplies. The model that treats symptoms instead of causes...... Read More

Can I subdivide my farm?

Your land surveyed with Brent Trail Surveying Services Ltd This question is getting harder to answer by the day. You have all heard of the Resource Management Act – every political party wants to either repeal it or amend...... Read More

National will deliver on water

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP It’s been pleasing to see some much-needed rainfall during the last few weeks, but for most of you this is nowhere near enough and drought continues to bite. The reality is...... Read More

More plants that can be poisonous for livestock

Vet's vision with Phil Rennie Tauranga Vets With March usually bringing hot, dry conditions to most parts of the country, those on the land could see an increase in livestock poisonings from plants. Last month I noted some...... Read More

Rural Subdivision retained for now in Matamata-Piako

Your land surveyed with Brent Trail Surveying Services Ltd It’s been about seven years since the subdivision rules were rewritten in the Matamata-Piako district. The final rules were settled after a public consultation...... Read More

Decrease nitrogen and increase production

Better soils with Brett Petersen Kiwi Fertiliser & Golden Bay Dolomite The focus has recently been on increasing pasture growth and quality with minimal added nitrogen, without lessening production. This is nothing new. In 2008,...... Read More

Capitalism versus prescription

Hort Talk with Mike Chapman HorticultureNZ CEO Shortly after becoming Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern commented that capitalism has been “a blatant failure”. However New Zealand is and has been for many years, a mix...... Read More

Has farming sold its soul?

Soil matters with Peter Burton Functional Fertiliser Ltd The days of capital gains, particularly on intensive dairy operations, has come to a grinding halt and that’s causing real concern amongst many farmers – and...... Read More

What is really happening with rural lending?

Finance with Don Fraser Fraser Farm Finance What are they not telling us about farm debt, debt-to-asset ratios and repayment of loans? Firstly, there have been big changes in the desire by rural bankers to back the farming sector....... Read More

Exposing myths in a Post Truth Era

Fert Options with Robin Boom Agronomic Advisory Services We live in a post-truth world where opinion is given as much credence as fact, where social media is swamped with legitimate looking fake news. Where mainstream media only...... Read More




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