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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

Synthetic nitrogen cap set at 190kg/ha?

Better soils with Brett Petersen Kiwi Fertiliser & Golden Bay Dolomite The year of 2008 was a drought year, but a dairy farm I was running increased production by six per cent while using 9kg/ha N. Most drought-affected farms...... Read More

Time runs out for subdividing in Waikato district

Your land surveyed with Brent Trail Surveying Services Ltd Perhaps the delays caused by Covid-19 have given some Waikato farmers one last chance to subdivide their farm before the rules change, but you’ll have to act quickly...... Read More

A need to question whether widely-held beliefs

Beneath the surface with David Law Forward Farming Forward-thinking New Zealand farmers might consider themselves on a learning journey at the moment, as they find themselves questioning the status quo and the way they have farmed...... Read More

How to prevent milk fever and grass staggers

Vet's vision with Phil Rennie Tauranga Vets During the dry period a cow’s metabolism gradually builds and then increases quickly once lactation starts. This is most notably seen with the demand for two key ‘macro’...... Read More

Weather unknowns mean planning is key

Outlook with Bill Webb Bill Webb Feed Solutions Well, we’ve had a bit of rain now, which has been good for grass growth. I’ve been talking to a Welcome Bay farmer who reckons we’ve had 800ml for the 12-month...... Read More

Calculating farm fertiliser expenses

Fert Options with Robin Boom Agronomic Advisory Services Last month I was having a discussion with a farm advisor for hill country farms in the King Country, challenging him on why he didn’t look at some of the smaller...... Read More

Can I improve my joints? Part 2

Abundant living with John Arts Abundant Health Last time I mentioned a client who went from having very sore knees to now being able to move with much greater freedom. We looked at the first lesson we can learn from this. All...... Read More

Shop local, save jobs, be positive

Todd Talks with Todd Muller National MP It’s been an extraordinary time for New Zealand since March. For some, COVID-19 Alert Levels 3 and 4 have been stressful, scary and confusing. Others have taken a compulsory...... Read More

Cooperia parasite challenge in cattle

Vet's vision with Phil Rennie Tauranga Vets Cooperia, also known as the ‘small intestinal worm’, is regarded as being the most prevalent roundworm found in New Zealand cattle. They are reddish in colour and quite...... Read More

New rules for subdividing in the Coromandel

Your land surveyed with Brent Trail Surveying Services Ltd After a nine-year process the Environment Court has ruled how rural subdivision is to continue in the Thames-Coromandel District. The proposed District Plan was initiated...... Read More

All sides of the triangle have to perform

Better soils with Brett Petersen Kiwi Fertiliser & Golden Bay Dolomite Recently, Kiwi Fertiliser has added a crucial string to its bow, a biological stimulant and fertility enhancer called Terragen Great Land. Please check out...... Read More

Why take the risk?

Soil matters with Peter Burton Functional Fertiliser Ltd Hands up if you’ve recently read the health warnings on a bag of magnesium oxide. It’s widely used for dusting of pastures to help prevent calcium/magnesium-related...... Read More

Time to press the ‘reset’ button

Finance with Don Fraser Fraser Farm Finance This event will rewrite all the history books that’s for sure. In my 2019 columns, I was hinting that we were at the end of a huge bull-run, but I never ever expected a virus...... Read More

Start a better farming journey now

Beneath the surface with David Law Forward Farming The world as we know it has been turned upside down in the last few months. But through it all farmers have felt as though they have been largely untouched by the implications...... Read More

Hoping like hell the grass grows

Outlook with Bill Webb Bill Webb Feed Solutions The four months of January, February, March and April have been the driest in Tauranga in 131 years! As of mid-may we’d had 17ml of rain in the yard – and we thought...... Read More

Nitrogen options post-drought

Fert Options with Robin Boom Agronomic Advisory Services I’m generally not a great artificial nitrogen advocate on pasture, particularly when there are other glaring soil deficiencies, as money spent on nitrogen fertilisers...... Read More




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