Dr Bert Quin presents data on Spikey® urine detection and treatment and ONEsystem® nbpt-treated prilled urea to the international conference on Land Use and Water Quality (LuWQ) in Vienna, September 2015
Researchers from 40 countries attended this 2-yearly conference, including a significant contingent from several regional councils and Lincoln Agritech from New Zealand. The 2015 conference focused very much on nitrate leaching from agricultural systems. Dr Quin said he was struck by how much ‘big-system’ measuring and modelling was being done on nitrate levels in waterbodies in Europe, but how little innovative developments that farmers could easily adopt to reduce nitrate leaching were coming forward, despite huge taxpayer-funded research. “There seems an even bigger disconnect between research and farmers in most European countries than there is in NZ”, he said. The biggest exception is Ireland, where scientists still get ‘down-and-dirty’ on farms.