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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Appendix 5: Sample Monitoring And Recording Templates

The following tables show one method of recording fertiliser application details on a paddock recording sheet. Template A shows a completed example with a blank template B provided.

Individual paddock sheets make it easy to add up total nutrient applications in each season. Land managers with small properties may choose to combine all paddocks or blocks on a single recording sheet, listing the paddock name alongside the date and fertiliser type.

Most land managers will develop their own abbreviations – e.g. ‘A’ for aerial application by aeroplane, ‘H’ for helicopter, etc. In the example, ‘spinner’ refers to the land manager’s own tractor-mounted spreading equipment. There is no need to repeat the operator name or other details if these are always the same – e.g. one company is used for all groundspreading.

Template A: Sample paddock recording sheet for fertiliser applications. This is a completed example of the form below.

Template B: Paddock recording sheet template for fertiliser applications. This is a blank form of the above example.

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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30 September 2021

We recently submitted evidence to the Environment Select Committee on proposals to ban nitrogen fertiliser.

11 August 2021

Creating tools to assist farmers to make the right choice on nutrient management is a long and sometimes expensive process. The Fertiliser Association is committed to a journey of enabling New Zealand farmers to meet their goals for profitability and heightened environmental responsibility.

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