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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S-Map Farm Test Report

Sam Carrick, Linda Lilburne, Gerard Grealish, Pierre Roudier, Veronica Penny, Nadia Laubscher - Landcare Research
Completed June 2020

Introduction

The Association funded a study with Landcare to test whether spectral analysis would enable practitioners with limited soil expertise, to cost-effectively characterise a broad range of soil profile attributes at the farm or paddock scale. This would potentially allow cost effective quantifiable soil mapping at a farm scale - enabling better modelling in tools like Overseer.

The Association funded a study with Landcare to test whether spectral analysis would enable practitioners with limited soil expertise, to cost-effectively characterise a broad range of soil profile attributes at the farm or paddock scale. This would potentially allow cost effective quantifiable soil mapping at a farm scale - enabling better modelling in tools like Overseer.

"The study was a proof of concept to test the practicality of the approach," said Vera Power, Chief Executive of the Fertiliser Association of New Zealand.

"To successfully implement the approach algorithms would need to be developed at a national level to relate the spectral analysis with the soil variables."

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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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25 June 2020

Congratulations to Massey University PhD student, Gere Thangavelautham, who has completed his PhD research investigating the 'Impact of phosphate fertiliser derived fluorine on soil microbiology and white clover'.

24 June 2020

The Cadmium Management Group (CMG) representing regional councils, primary sector groups and central government, is convened by the Ministry for Primary Industries to manage cadmium in agriculture. A refreshed Cadmium Management Strategy has been published with the CMG's statement of how and why cadmium will be managed going forward.

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