Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

New Dvd on Accurate Fertiliser Spreading

July 6 2011

New Dvd on Accurate Fertiliser Spreading

The Fertiliser Quality Council (FQC) today released a DVD at the New Zealand Groundspread Fertilisers Association Conference in Masterton giving the reasons farmers should only use Spreadmark accredited spreaders when applying fertiliser. The DVD features Professor Ian Yule from the Centre for Precision Agriculture at Massey University.

FQC president, Neil Barton, said the DVD was an important tool in the march towards precise accuracy when spreading fertiliser.

“We only want to apply fertiliser where it is needed to replenish the soil,” Neil Barton said. “We don’t want it spread on roads, in streams or on a neighbour’s paddock.

“Further Massey research has shown inaccurate spreading can cost a farmer a good $50 a hectare in lost grass. In today’s conditions that is a lot of money.

“What the DVD shows is that farmers need to use Spreadmark accredited spreaders to be environmentally responsible as well as growing more grass. Non-Spreadmark operators may try to compete on price but that will, invariably, involve short cuts. It is, simply, false economy.

“Farmers need to know that Spreadmark accredited operators have trained drivers or pilots, their trucks or planes have been independently audited for spreading patterns and the company has also been audited for proper procedures.

“Given the way the international food trade is developing the requirement to use quality assurance schemes such as Spreadmark is inevitable. I believe the trendsetters in New Zealand agriculture are already benefitting from Spreadmark use,” Neil Barton said.

The DVD is available on the FQC website -

www.fertqual.co.nz.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Chilling The Warm Fuzzies About The US/China Trade Deal

Hold the champagne, folks. This week’s China/US deal is more about a change in tone between the world’s two biggest economies – thank goodness they’re not slapping more tariffs on each other! - than a landmark change in substance. The high walls of US and Chinese tariffs built in recent years will largely remain intact, and few economists are predicting the deal will significantly boost the growth prospects for a slowing US economy. As the New York Times noted this morning, the likes of New Zealand will still face the trade barriers imposed by the Trump administration during the recent rounds of fighting. More>>

 

PGF Kaikōura $10.88M: Boost In Tourism & Business

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10.88 million to boost business and tourism opportunities in Kaikōura, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. More>>

ALSO:

Whitebaiting: Govt Plans To Protect Announced

With several native whitebait species in decline the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage has today released proposals to standardise and improve management of whitebait across New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Resource For Schools On Climate Change

New resource for schools to increase awareness and understanding of climate change... More>>

ALSO:

In Effect April: New Regulations For Local Medicinal Cannabis

Minister of Health Dr David Clark says new regulations will allow local cultivation and manufacture of medicinal cannabis products that will potentially help ease the pain of thousands of people. More>>

ALSO:


RNZ: New Year Honours: Sporting Greats Among Knights And Dames

Six new knights and dames, including Silver Ferns coach Dame Noeline Taurua and economist Professor Dame Marilyn Waring, have been created in today's New Year's Honours List. The list of 180 recipients - 91 women and 89 men - leans heavily on awards for community service, arts and the media, health and sport.
More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On What An Inquiry Might Look Like

Presumably, if there is to be a ministerial inquiry (at the very least) into the Whakaari/White Island disaster, it will need to be a joint ministerial inquiry. That’s because the relevant areas of responsibility seem to be so deeply interwoven... More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels