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the Nitrogen fixer

A unique Soil Improver containing Calcium (lime), Soft Carbon and Microbes for Plant Growth & Soil Health

Environmentally friendly nitrogen.

Permanent pastures of clover and rye grass will remain the foundation of New Zealand’s intensive pastoral farming with clover providing the bulk of the nitrogen required for high production.

Over the last twenty years increasing quantities of nitrogen fertiliser has been applied to New Zealand pastures and many farms have developed a dependence on regular applications to maintain growth.

A reliance on fertiliser nitrogen for high pasture yield is no longer acceptable.

The cost of nitrogen fertiliser will steadily rise and its use increasingly regulated. The maintenance of our clean fresh water is now essential for the production of premium quality food for international markets.

CalciZest applied in spring stimulates clover growth over summer when soil temperatures encourage the seeding of grasses. Clovers thrive with increased direct sunlight and higher temperatures.

In the 2006 spring, 6 properties applying CalciZest and/or DoloZest had the following percentage of clover in the sward compared to 6 traditionally fertilised properties.

 Clover % in pastureClover % in pasture
properties (6) with
DoloZest &/or CalciZest
properties (6) without
DoloZest &/or CalciZest
September20%11%
October24%12%
November31%12%
December35%18%

Well managed pastures using CalciZest as part of a sound nutrient programme are able to grow more than 20 tonne of DM annually without reliance on fertiliser nitrogen.

Early in November rye grass, usually the dominant grass in pastures, changes from strong vegetative growth to developing a seed head.

From the table above it can be seen that the clover content in well managed pastures steadily increases throughout spring and early summer, providing a range of benefits.

Clover contains significantly higher levels of calcium than grass.

Whether the focus is milk production, or the growth of animal frame and meat production, calcium provides the base.

Clover is also more digestible than grasses, which means that animals can eat more, grow more rapidly, and produce more milk solids.

Monitoring work on properties where CalciZest is applied shows that clovers nearly always contain more and never less soluble sugars i.e. the energy content is higher than grasses.

The physical structure of clover allows for efficient utilisation of sunlight with a strong clover sward able to protect the soil during hot weather reducing loss of moisture.

Well structured pastoral soils in New Zealand normally contain between 5,000 and 14,000kg/ha of organically held nitrogen in the top 25cm. Nitrogen uptake by pasture plants is usually around 450kg/ha annually.

Visual Soil