Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 

Smart Tools For Fertiliser Use Now Online

Media Release
24 September, 2003

Smart Tools For Fertiliser Use Now Online

Farmers and growers are now able to access newly combined fertiliser best practice tools on the internet. Innovative software OVERSEER®, and the recently updated Code of Practice for Fertiliser Use have been integrated and are available to easily download from the internet.

Dr Hilton Furness, Technical Director of Fert Research says the incorporation of both of these important fertiliser use tools means farmers can obtain comprehensive knowledge about nutrient management and efficient nutrient use.

“Farmers today have the latest technology for on-farm nutrient planning at their fingertips. Well integrated nutrient management plans, which are developed over time, are now more accessible for farmers. So in conjunction with their fertiliser advisor, farmers can ensure they are making the best fertiliser use decisions, now and for the future.”

The addition of the Code of Practice for Fertiliser Use in an interactive online format means farmers and growers can move around sections, search the document for relevant topics and are able to easily print parts of the Code (e.g. the self audit user guides). Additionally, within the OVERSEER® file there are cross references to the Code in appropriate places and information from the Code to assist in interpreting nutrient budgets.

The model now includes pastoral, crop and horticultural models. Within the pastoral model there are two modes – express and detailed. The express mode has been designed for farms with only one management block or for a dairy farm with an effluent block. The nutrient budget produced is for the whole farm, and limited additional information including greenhouse gas emissions associated with N cycling, animal production and fertiliser use is given in a summary report.

The detailed mode has been designed to cover a range of farm nutrient inputs or outputs, and provides the ability for users to change a variety of settings. It is for use by farmers with more than one farm block and who may be undertaking mixed farming e.g. combinations of crops, arable and pastoral.

These latest developments mean farmers are reminded of best practice management when planning their nutrient use. Notifications of possible fertiliser issues such as excessive leaching or soil accumulation are now incorporated and online or CD users are alerted to their likely impacts and are offered more sustainable alternatives.

Visit www.agresearch.co.nz/overseerweb to download a copy or email overseer@maf.govt.nz including a name and address for a CD version free of charge.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Auckland Transport: Successful Bridge Repair Opens Two Additional Lanes To Traffic

The opening of two additional lanes on the Auckland Harbour Bridge this morning will help relieve some motorway congestion for motorists heading home to the North Shore tonight. More>>

ALSO:

Statistics New Zealand: COVID-19 Sees Record 12.2 Percent Fall In New Zealand’s Economy

Gross domestic product (GDP) fell by 12.2 percent in the June 2020 quarter, the largest quarterly fall recorded since the current series began in 1987, as the COVID-19 restrictions in place through the quarter impacted economic activity, Stats NZ said ... More>>

ALSO:

Climate: Scientists Release ‘Blueprint’ To Save Critical Ecosystems And Stabilize The Earth’s Climate

A group of scientists and experts produced the first comprehensive global-scale analysis of terrestrial areas essential for biodiversity and climate resilience, totaling 50.4% of the Earth's land. The report was published in Science Advances ... More>>

ALSO:

MPI: Independent Review Launched Into Assurances For Safe Transport Of Livestock By Sea

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has launched an independent review of the assurances it receives for the safe transport of livestock by sea. MPI Director-General Ray Smith says Mike Heron QC has been appointed to lead the review, which is expected ... More>>

ALSO:


Computers: New Zealand PC Market Grows Nearly 40% Due To Work From Home Demand

COVID-19 had large impacts on demand for PCs as businesses prepared for lockdowns by purchasing notebooks to mobilise their workforce. In the second quarter of 2020, New Zealand's Traditional PC market experienced a 39.7% year-on-year (YoY) growth ... More>>

ALSO:


University Of Auckland: Whale-Watching By Satellite – Follow Their Travels Online

Scientists have successfully attached satellite tracking tags to six New Zealand southern right whales, or tohorā, and are inviting the public to follow the whales’ travels online. Part of a major research project involving the University of Auckland ... More>>

Commerce Commission: Kiwibank Admits System Failures And Agrees To Pay Customers $5.2 Million

Kiwibank has entered into a settlement agreement with the Commerce Commission after reporting that it failed to have in place robust home loan variation disclosure policies, procedures and systems. In a settlement dated 27 August 2020, Kiwibank admitted that ... More>>

Ministry of Health: Public Transport Distancing Requirements Relaxed

Physical distancing requirements on public transport have been reviewed by the Ministry of Health to determine whether they are still required at Alert Level 2 (or below). The Ministry’s assessment is that mandatory face covering and individuals tracking ... More>>

ALSO:

NZHIA: New Zealand Hemp Industry Set To Generate $2 Billion Per Annum And Create 20,000 Jobs

A new report says a fully enabled hemp industry could generate $2 billion in income for New Zealand by 2030, while also creating thousands of new jobs. Written by industry strategist Dr Nick Marsh, the report has prompted calls from the New Zealand Hemp ... More>>

ALSO:

Stats NZ: One In 14 Employed People Report High Risk Of Losing Jobs

About one in 14 workers say they expect to lose their job or business by mid-2021, Stats NZ said today. A survey of employed people in the June 2020 quarter showed 7 percent felt there was a high or almost certain chance of losing their job or business ... More>>

ASB Quarterly Economic Forecast: NZ Economy Doing Better Than Expected, But Challenges Remain

August lockdown estimated to have shaved 8% off NZ’s weekly GDP, and 0.5% off annual GDP Economy now expected to shrink 5% (year-on-year) by end of 2020 Unemployment rate now expected to peak at 7.2% The latest ASB Quarterly Economic Forecast is less ... More>>

ALSO: