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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Impacts of winter/early spring nitrogen fertiliser use on pastoral farms

Recognising that winter/early spring is characterised by very different climate and pasture growing conditions across the length of New Zealand, it is also a period of potential feed shortages for grass fed farm systems.

The New Zealand Fertiliser Association has commissioned a science-based assessment of the impacts of tactical nitrogen fertiliser use to address this feed shortage, when applied following accepted good practices. The science review findings are supplemented by scenario modelling.

Relative to the primary growing seasons, the volumes of nitrogen fertiliser applied during this winter/early spring period are small, but never-the-less, available evidence suggests that a feed shortage in early spring is probably best met by supplementary feeding or by N applications when growing conditions (soil temperature and moisture) allow for a pasture response.  Calendar timing will vary from region to region. No-Winter applications in the modelling scenario resulted in minimally changed simulation outputs – none were statistically or practically significant. Modelled leaching loss was similarly unaffected.

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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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1 March 2024

The Fertiliser Association of New Zealand recently updated its Fertiliser Use on New Zealand Dairy Farms booklet to ensure farmers get the best value from fertiliser applied and to align the advice with the Code of Practice for Fertiliser Nutrient Management.

28 June 2023

Dairy farmers milking cows on a farm area of more than 20 hectares are required to record synthetic nitrogen use on their dairy platform land, including a zero-kg record if no synthetic nitrogen is used. The regulations require data to be submitted by 31 July each year for the preceding year ended 30 June. 

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