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Picking season: where are the workers?

Hort Talk with Mike Chapman HorticultureNZ CEO The apple and kiwifruit harvests are underway,  and winter pruning  is approaching.   Before we know it, spring will be here and we will be harvesting asparagus,...... Read More

Fertiliser prices on the up and up

Fert Options with Robin Boom Agronomic Advisory Services There has been a significant rise in fertiliser prices the past six months, partly due to world demand, but also due to increased shipping costs and port charges which...... Read More

Livestock Staggers

Vet's vision with Phil Rennie Tauranga Vets Do any of your animals have the shakes? Both rye grass and paspalum plants can cause similar neurological conditions (commonly referred to as staggers). As opposed to ‘grass...... Read More

The forgotten nutrient

Better soils with Brett Petersen Kiwi Fertiliser & Golden Bay Dolomite Magnesium is an important but mostly forgotten nutrient in New Zealand agriculture. It is inextricably linked to calcium, a mineral that is also neglected,...... Read More

Why denying the obvious won’t work

Carbon Positive Farming with Peter Burton Functional Fertiliser Ltd Below is a recently taken photograph of a Functional Fertiliser client’s property from 2500ft. The move to organic certification was made in March 2013...... Read More

Feel the fear and do it anyway

Finance with Don Fraser Fraser Farm Finance I have changed my writing style to that of an old fart! If any of you think I am repeating myself, I am, and that’s okay because we need to read or hear something about five...... Read More

Multi-species pasture food for thought

Beneath the surface with David Law Forward Farming Multi-species pasture is a hot topic amongst farmers at the moment, brought to the fore by the popularity of the regenerative farming movement. But farmers interested in planting...... Read More

Plan to prevent pitiful performance

Outlook with Bill Webb Bill Webb Feed Solutions  Generally, this summer has been much better than the last. There has been a lot more scattered showers depending where you are – just enough to keep things green. So,...... Read More

Helping Osteoarthritis (Part one)

Abundant living with John Arts Abundant Health I regularly find myself buried in scientific research always looking to improve both my products and the advice I give. Ultimately it is the real benefits people get that is important....... Read More

Blackleg in cattle and sheep

Vet's vision with Phil Rennie Tauranga Vets Blackleg is an acute, febrile, highly fatal disease of cattle and sheep caused by Clostridium chauvoei (C chauvoei). It is characterized by emphysematous swelling, commonly affecting...... Read More

Should it be part of your retirement plan?

Your land surveyed with Brent Trail Surveying Services Ltd  Some of the savviest farmers have subdivision at the heart of their future plans – and not just for retirement. Having your farm in as many titles as possible...... Read More

It is not about pH, but how the pH is constructed

Better soils with Brett Petersen Kiwi Fertiliser & Golden Bay Dolomite Some published papers claim the ‘Albrecht’ system of soil fertility does not work. A better explanation is the authors of the papers and their...... Read More

Carbon positive farming? Absolutely!

Carbon Positive Farming with Peter Burton Functional Fertiliser Ltd The last article was written prior to the release of the Climate Change Commission’s draft plan for slashing New Zealand’s emissions. From the article...... Read More

Productivity drives the Economy

Finance with Don Fraser Fraser Farm Finance A recent article in the New Zealand Herald, (centre page) January 29, 2020 where Liam Dann writes his story about Dr Ganesh Nana, caught my attention. Dr Ganesh has been appointed...... Read More

Maize harvest begins

Outlook with Bill Webb Bill Webb Feed Solutions The land looked very brown before we got some very welcome rain recently. But, it still didn’t get as dry as last year. In the first half of February 2020 we had 8mm compared...... Read More

Sulphur Fertiliser Requirements

Fert Options with Robin Boom Agronomic Advisory Services Sulphur is an essential element for all plants. Legumes (clovers, beans, peas, lucerne) have a higher requirement than grasses, although symptoms of sulphur deficiency...... Read More

Tackling inflammation

Abundant living with John Arts Abundant Health Too much Omega 6 and too little Omega 3 push our bodies towards inflammation. There is however another group of food compounds that have a huge impact on inflammation. One of the...... Read More

Automation will not save New Zealand

Hort Talk with Mike Chapman HorticultureNZ CEO There is a belief that the way to get New Zealand out of the economic recession we are in is through automation: robotics and artificial intelligence. I have to say that in Government...... Read More

The greatest constant is change

Carbon Positive Farming with Peter Burton Functional Fertiliser Ltd In the last 60 years, walk through cowsheds have been replaced by step-ups, then herringbones, and now rotaries. And robots! Fifty dairy cows used to be an...... Read More




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