Whether we like it or not, fertiliser cooperatives, while originally set up to benefit their farmer owners, have eventually come to be controlled – in attitude and actions – by visionless executives and accountants, who have often totally lost the understanding of what their cooperative originally stood for; an ongoing mission to ensure that their… [Read More]
Quinview aims to provide information and views on current fertiliser products and practices, particularly as they affect farm production and profitability, sustainability and the environment. Particular attention will be paid to contentious issues, and new and emerging products and services. The views expressed in Quinview do not necessarily represent those of individual members of Group ONE.
Current New Zealand dairy production could be very considerably increased, with only half the current amount of fertiliser urea being used, if granular urea was replaced with ONEsystem(R) the use of wetted, prilled urea incorporating the urease inhibitor nbpt. Total cost to the farmer would fall dramatically, with the halving of urea costs, and the same… [Read More]
Back in 2012, I said on this page “The debacle over the Crafar farms has done considerable damage to New Zealand’s image of clean-and-green, animal-welfare focused dairy farming. This damage will take many years to repair. The quickest and most effective way to do this is for the Government to require the eventual new owner… [Read More]
Traditionally in New Zealand, agricultural lime (aglime) has been applied at heavy rates (typically 1-2 tonnes/ha) every 5 years or so, to avoid the soil pH dropping to below 5.5, below which aluminium (Al) toxicity to clover and most ryegrasses becomes increasingly likely. On the non-ash soils at least, it is recognized that an average… [Read More]
Continuing use of fertiliser N dramatically alters the ryegrass-clover equilibrium, giving 10-40% increases in annual pasture production with no obvious (in the short-term) adverse affects on soil biological activity, provided inputs are not much more than 100-150 kgN/ha annually. Exceeding this – as is now very commonly done on dairy farms – increases the risk… [Read More]
Some readers might remember this post from 3 years ago: “The awarding of a $9.5 million Public Good Fund grant to Ballance late last year, for research into ‘Improving N and P efficiency and the development of biological pest control methods’ hopefully reflects a great leap forward in attitude by Ballance. While there is concern… [Read More]