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AgResearch – Alec Mackay
It has been 10 years since soil fertility and 20 years since pasture production has been measured and reported for the AgResearch Ballantrae long-term phosphorus fertiliser and sheep grazing study.
This report covers the measurement of pasture production and composition on the farmlets which received:
a) no fertiliser since 1980
b) 125 kg single superphosphate/ha/year
c) 375 kg SSP/ha/year.
A comparison of the pasture growth rates across the three farmlets in 2015-16 with the same sites back in 1982-88 produced some predictable but also some surprising results