Bigger clover and less bloat, September 2013

We grew up believing that clover caused bloat, and there was no substitute for horsepower when it came to Bathurst, with the way to increased horsepower being a bigger engine and more fuel down its throat. I remember an experienced farmer telling me that...

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Why it’s a privilege working with farmers, June 2013

The wealth of this country is determined by the amount of humus contained in the top 25cm of the soil.  It’s often been said that weight for weight, humus is more valuable than gold. By increasing the amount of humus in the soil significantly increased...

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Why nutrient inputs demand a rethink, April 2013

There are a number of certainties we all live by and right now the two that spring to mind are: future weather patterns cannot accurately be predicted, and dry spells are eventually followed by significant rain. A philosophy that we adopted years ago and...

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6 reasons why farmers require more money, March 2013

Based on a payment of $6.00 per kg of Milk Solids, a 114ha dairy property producing close to 1,000kgMS/ha will receive a total of $668,040 income from milk alone. Unfortunately even at this payout a significant percentage of dairy farmers have expenses...

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A summer moisture-loss solution 9th January 2013

Jon Morgan in an article in The Dominion late last year claimed that nitrate nitrogen was the “elephant in the room” with regard to water quality.  It is and will remain so until it is recognised and accepted that excessive use of nitrogen fertiliser...

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Better quality with higher production, Dec 2012

There is a widespread misconception that improving the quality of what we grow and produce from the land will result in lower volumes. This argument is used by supporters and users of conventional growing systems to justify a regime that increasingly...

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Why models are not all bad, November 2012

We have spent the last twenty years focused on soil fertility particularly fertility under grazed pastures and there are still times when parts of the picture are cloudy, sometimes even decidedly murky. For an individual farmer or general farm consultant...

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