Feeding the world’s growing population
New Zealand’s reputation as a quality food producer is growing.
The Fertiliser Association of New Zealand promotes and encourages responsible and scientifically-based nutrient management.
The process of spreading fertiliser on a property is a critical part of managing fertiliser use. The objective should be to achieve evenness of spread at the required rate in order to maximise economic return from the investment while ensuring minimal environmental impact. Spreading should be even within an LMU, but differential rates are expected between LMU’s.
The key factors that will influence this objective are:
Spreading fertiliser to maximise returns and avoid adverse impacts is a technically demanding task. While some land managers spread some or all of their fertiliser themselves, spreading by Spreadmark accredited spreading companies is recommended.
The person spreading fertiliser has four main objectives: