PM Jacinda Ardern may have many talents, but an understanding of business is clearly not one of them.
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.
More than 150 soil scientists from around 30 countries will meet in Queenstown in April to discuss the ins and outs of testing soil.
Early summer temperatures are expected to be average or above average range in the north and east of the North Island, but near average in other regions, say Niwa in its seasonal outlook.
DairyNZ advises Waikato farmers on high risk soils to seek early support in light of the Waikato Regional Council's new effluent compliance monitoring process.
Development project manager for effluent, Dr Theresa Wilson, says farmers will now consider how the changes may impact them so they can prepare for the season.