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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7 September 2022

The 2022 AgriTechNZ Baseline of Digital Adoption in Primary Industries report was released in August.

Created as part of a study by AgriTechNZ and insights partner Research First, the report was co-designed with partners The Fertiliser Association of New Zealand, Zespri, The Foundation of Arable Research and DairyNZ. It was also supported by the Ministry for Primary Industries as part of the Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures initiative (SFFF).

The 60-page report looks at digital adoption, including key drivers and barriers across the dairy, horticulture, arable and beef/sheep sectors.

You can download the report here.

6 July 2022

The British Society of Soil Science has published a research article in the Soil Use and Management Journal detailing the latest analysed data from the long-running Winchmore Fertiliser Trial in Canterbury.

The paper was written by Driss Touhami of the Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Lincoln University. Touhami is also a member of the AgrioBioSciences Program, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University in Ben Guerir, Morocco.

The paper, titled "Effects of long-term phosphorus fertilizer inputs and seasonal conditions on organic soil phosphorus cycling under grazed pasture", was co-authored by Leo Condron Richard McDowell and Ray Moss.  The report can be viewed here.

Read more about the long-running Winchmore trial on the FANZ website here.


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