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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.

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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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Assessing the effectiveness of applying nitrification inhibitor in stockcamps for mitigating nitrogen loss from grazed pastures

AgResearch (Grasslands, Palmerston North) – Frank Li and K Betteridge
Concluded June 2013


Application of the nitrification inhibitor DCD is a promising technology for reducing N loss from grazed pastures, but its application over the whole farm may not be economically justified, especially on hills that require aerial application. Critical source areas (CSAs), such as stock camps, represent the areas of highest urinary-N deposition, highest N loss risk, and potential highest efficacy of DCD application in mitigating N loss.

This work was part of a larger Sustainable Farming Fund Project.

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This paper was presented at the Massey University, Palmerston North, Fertilizer & Lime Research Centre’s 25th annual workshop: Advanced Nutrient Management: Gains from the Past - Goals for the Future (Eds L.D. Currie and C.L. Christensen. Occasional Report No. 25).

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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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23 September 2020

New Phosphorus Use Guidance Note that clearly explains why we need to manage phosphorus losses and why we need to build on the international principles of the '4 Rs' for good management of nutrients.

9 September 2020

Through a comprehensive research programme -- Forages for Reduced Nitrate Leaching (FRNL) -- OverseerFM has been updated to include the diuretic response in animals as a result of consuming plantain.

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