The Hound understands that Mike Petersen’s time as NZ agriculture’s special trade envoy will soon end.
Winter is a critical time for livestock farmers, with increased risk of erosion and sediment getting into waterways.
For farmers or contractors working abrasive soils, the cost of wearing metals on ploughs, cultivators or powered implements can make a serious dent in their bottom line.
A report on the state of New Zealand soils has expressed great concern about the disproportionate amount of high-quality land being used for urban development.
Winter's end is a time for cultivating paddocks; this must be done well to prevent sediment and excessive nutrients getting into waterways from the land.
Whole-farm soil testing saves Taranaki farmer Hayden Lawrence about $15,000 on fertiliser each year.
FOR THE countless cooks poring over the recipe books in search of the perfect menu this Christmas, here is a sobering thought - no soil, no sumptuous spread.
MECHANICAL CULTIVATION of paddocks for producing summer forage or fodder crop happens at a time when high intensity local storms are common, adding substantial risk to the practice.