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Why urban folk are confused

It’s been fascinating talking over Christmas and New Year with smart intelligent people that have no direct farming connection. They’re keen to embrace a more environmentally focussed future even if that means having the inconvenience and extra cost of less plastic,...

Meeting future farming requirements

I remember my father’s comment regarding my assertion that the quantity of pasture grown now in the Central Waikato may have declined since the late 1970’s early 80’s. His comment was that milk production per hectare had climbed markedly since then, with the inference...

The importance of cycling

By P.W. Burton At a recently held farmer information day on the coming changes to soil fertility programmes, soil tests from a highly productive intensively farmed pastoral property were presented. The tests were taken prior to the introduction of a biologically based...

Reducing P inputs

By P.W. Burton At the meeting on regenerative pastoral farming held recently in Gore, the topic of appropriate Olsen P levels was raised.   A farmer participant was a little disturbed that a featured, recently- developed and highly productive grazing block close to...

Why science always wins

By P.W. Burton Science, according to the Concise Oxford Dictionary, is systematic and formulated knowledge.  Primarily it’s about measures, and when it comes to fertiliser it’s about performance measured over time. Soil fertility programmes here were developed...

The benefits of fewer cows

By P.W. Burton If the chat amongst farmers is correct, and it almost always is, regulation is about to be imposed on dairy farmers, and a cornerstone of it will be a requirement for cow numbers to be reduced. The thinking is that cows are the primary producers of the...

Finding solutions by joining the dots

P.W. Burton When farming I had a sneaking suspicion that much of the information received via main stream media, printed material only then, was an overly simplified version of reality. Since becoming immersed in the fertiliser industry and having access to research...

Prospering without capital gain

P.W. Burton Property markets react differently from region to region, however in our patch the rural real estate market is flat, with nothing much moving. Dairy farms are particularly slow to sell.  Buyers are reluctant to reduce prices, potential purchasers are...

Tinkering won’t fix the Nitrate issue

P.W.Burton   The reason for excess Nitrate entering waterways and aquifers is that too much ‘bag N’ is being applied to pastures. The total amount being applied varies depending on the source with a figure of 750,000 tonne regularly appearing. Nitrogen is sold as...

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