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When change is inevitable.

P.W. Burton   Climate change – whether or not you believe that it’s our fault, seems to be an oft quoted phrase at present. There are still those who might admit to the warming, but choose to see it as part of Earth’s long term variations, but we are, even today,...

What fertiliser and religion have in common

P.W. Burton   When our own knowledge is lacking and there are those that profess to be all knowing, it’s far easier to accept their authoritatively stated position than spend time and effort nutting it out for ourselves. We then justify that decision by checking with...

Change – big change, coming your way!

P.W. Burton   Professor Derrick Moot of Lincoln University made the following point in his recent lectures.  Nitrogen fertiliser has helped feed the world, however its environmental impact is such that its continued use is non-sustainable. He went as far as stating...

How pastoral farming can be the answer

P.W. Burton   The assertion by some farmers that a loss of short term income justifies continued land and water degradation, is wrong on two counts. The increase in nitrates and phosphorus in our groundwater is a result of the over application of bag N, partly...

Why cost isn’t the most important thing

P.W. Burton   The old saying that cost is soon forgotten with only performance remembered, has endured for generations because it contains a large element of truth, and it applies to fertiliser as much as it does to any other consumable. The mainstream fertiliser...

Fresh information changes behaviour

P.W. Burton   We farmed in an era when the information from the major research stations, primarily that from Ruakura, was taken as gospel, and farming practices reflected our belief in its correctness. We were told that pasture was a total diet for dairy cows, and...

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