Category: Feed and Fert

Who says plants can't talk
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Who says plants can’t talk

Australian researchers have found that there’s a lot to be said for having a friendly neighbour… we in New Zealand have known this for some time.

Legumes can help reduce fertiliser spend
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Legumes can help reduce fertiliser spend

 The high cost of fertilizer has caused many farmers to take a second look at how they spend their fertilizer dollar. Still, the use of fertilizer continues to be important to continue productivity of cropland, hayfields and pastures according to Tim Schnakenberg, agronomy specialist from Missouri, US. Crops and hayfields are especially at risk if […]

Plantain ideal for lamb finishing
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Plantain ideal for lamb finishing

Once considered a weed, field trials reveal plantain is a high-protein alternative to pasture ideal for finishing lambs.  The herb delivered solid results in a field trial conducted by Massey University, nearly doubling live weight gain in some cases compared to pasture alone.  Ballance Agri-Nutrients Technical Extension Officer Murray Lane said a plantain crop provides high […]

Cobalt always worth remembering
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Cobalt always worth remembering

…spraying cobalt on pastures works best when the pastures were growing rapidly. “If you are only spraying it on immediately ahead of the animals then …

A couple of easy dry matter tests
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A couple of easy dry matter tests

So you don’t have a pasture probe or a rising plate meter but you want to know how many kgs of dry matter per hectare you have?

Clover management key to lamb growth
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Clover management key to lamb growth

… benefits can be achieved even at a pasture clover level that averages 20% through the growing season…

A few thoughts on grazing
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A few thoughts on grazing

Maintaining quality pasture in the summer is so important in a sheep system although in this recent difficult spring set stocking at low covers …

Fertiliser price increases
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Fertiliser price increases

Ballance Agri-Nutrients has increased the price of its core fertiliser products due to ongoing global demand for raw materials, but has found a way to soften the blow for loyal shareholders. Chief Executive Larry Bilodeau said that raw material and shipping costs continue to soar along with worldwide demand for plant nutrients, giving the co-operative […]

A few tips for coping with the dry
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A few tips for coping with the dry

The current dry period is causing serious problems for dairy farmers as it has arrived earlier than in previous years and has come off the back of a variable, and in some cases, very wet spring. “With the high milk payout influencing stock retention decisions on-farm, as well as the high cost of supplements, it […]