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    Getting the best response from N

    15 February 2021

    Between 2013 and 2018, around 25% of dairy farms used more than an average 190kg N/ha with even greater proportions of dairy farmers in Canterbury and Southland exceeding this amount. Dr Ants Roberts discusses some options for getting the best responses out of nitrogen (N) fertiliser ahead of the 190kg N/ha ‘N-Cap’ due to come into effect on 1 July 2021.

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    The importance of having legume in your permanent pasture

    15 February 2021

    New Zealand research in the 1970s and 1980s found that even wellmanaged ryegrass/white-clover pastures in New Zealand were nitrogen (N) deficient.

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    Don’t run fast to stand still

    15 February 2021

    Dairy farmer, Ravensdown shareholder and Fonterra board member Leonie Guiney and her husband Kieran are passionate believers in New Zealand’s pasture-based farming system, envied by many overseas. Leonie shares with us how we need to utilise this system in times of rapid change.

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    Nitrate poisoning: What not to do

    15 February 2021

    I often get asked the question, how do you prevent nitrate poisoning? My answer is always the same. Don’t wait until you see the signs, it will be too late. Nitrate poisoning can happen within one to two hours after eating excessive plant nitrates and once poisoned it’s really hard to reverse the problem. That’s why prevention is the key.

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