Feeding the world’s growing population

New Zealand’s reputation as a quality food producer is growing.

Optimising food production

Over the next 50 years farmers around the world will need to produce more food than has been grown over the past 10,000 years.

Best use from a limited resource

Fertiliser helps farmers produce food efficiently by replenishing the soil. But fertiliser needs to be used responsibly.

Responsible and sustainable nutrient management

The Fertiliser Association invests in research and tools to ensure farm profitability while minimising nutrient losses to the environment.

The Fertiliser Association of New Zealand promotes and encourages responsible and scientifically-based nutrient management.

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Fluorine loss in pastoral soils

Landcare – Col Gray
Completed March 2017


Soils were analysed for total F from plots from the Winchmore long-term fertiliser trial which had three rates of SSP applied annually i.e. Nil, 188 kg SSP ha-1 (188PA) or 376 kg SSP ha-1 (376PA) between 1952 to 2015. In addition, soils were also analysed for total F from samples collected down the soil profile at intervals to 100 cm from both the long-term fertiliser trial and also the dryland and 20% moisture treatments from the long-term irrigation trial at Winchmore.

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The Fertiliser Association of New Zealand and Dairy NZ funded development of the Nutrient Management Adviser Certification Programme (NMACP). This industry-wide certification aims to ensure that advisers have the learning, experience and capability to give sound nutrient advice.

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7 June 2019

We have received questions recently about whether it is appropriate to apply phosphate (P) fertiliser during the winter months. As a result, the Fertiliser Association has produced an advisory with good management practice principles.

17 April 2019

Soil scientists have reached a new milestone, digitally mapping more than 8 million hectares of New Zealand soils.

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