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Why it’s OK to say no to urea

During the 1990’s when dairy payouts were escalating and there was an abundance of flat land, primarily in Canterbury, suitable for conversion the key to ramping up pasture production was the application of urea. The sign to the wider community that the operation was...

The consequences of carbon loss

It isn’t hard to understand how those representing the best interests of this country’s pastoral farming industry have come to accept that pastoral farming is a net emitter of greenhouse gasses. The public at large appear to have bought the narrative that it is the...

How to profit from high urea prices

The short and obvious answer is to stop buying it.  Where then does nitrogen come from?  The atmosphere that we breathe is 78% nitrogen so there’s absolutely no shortage of it. How then do plants get enough of it for maximum growth.  Plants grew abundantly long before...

A little magic from Golden Bay

The cost of imported fertiliser products, particularly those containing soluble phosphorus and potassium have lifted sharply in price in the last six months and there is a strong likelihood they will again be more expensive in autumn. After debt servicing fertiliser...

Why the cart is before the horse

The parallel between the farming situation now and the late 1970’s is eerily similar and comes with a cautionary message. Meat, milk, and wool prices are steadily climbing, however if the pattern follows farmers may still struggle to generate a worthwhile surplus at...

Is a change in land use possible?

Every day there are new reports proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that the world is warming at a faster rate than ever before, and although reversible we are getting close to the point of no return. The only way we’re told that the warming process can be reversed is...

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