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A Whangarei lime quarry is investing in the growing interest among Northland farmers in low input farming – a farm management approach that seeks to reduce fertiliser application rates and costs, while maintaining farm profits and production levels. Recently, Avoca Lime Company Ltd began production of dicalcic phosphate, a fertiliser made from a combination of..

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A surge in demand for Dicalcic Phosphate fertiliser throughout the South Island shows more farmers are shifting towards lower cost and more efficient farming methods. Aaron Topp from Hatuma Dicalcic Phosphate Ltd says market production of Dicalcic Phosphate may have jumped by over twenty five per cent in the last 9 months, with New Zealand’s..

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An Otago lime quarry is investing in the growing interest among Otago farmers in low input farming – a farm management approach that seeks to reduce fertiliser application rates and costs, while maintaining farm profits and production levels. Last autumn Parkside Quarries became one of the first South Island manufacturers of Hatuma Dicalcic Phosphate, a..

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When conventional science talks of the trial work done on dicalcic phosphate in the past, it is typically data collected from a ‘vertically integrated’ approach to soil science. This meant dicalcic phosphate was subjected to grass growth trials, mostly caged off from stock and cut by hand, and its data used to satisfy the economical..

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Dr Jayson Benge – Soil Scientist, The AgriBusiness Group New Zealand is moving into an exciting new agricultural space that looks to improve the previous farming model – one that struggled under a cloud of environmental strains, extreme weather patterns, higher costs, higher energy use and a new, more productsavvy, global consumer. The Farming for..

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Kiwi businesses are being urged to replicate a loyalty scheme and build a movement to provide rural schools with much needed financial support. The Hatuma Growing Minds Fund donates 20 cents to nominated schools from every tonne of Dicalcic Phosphate fertiliser sold by Hawke’s Bay company Hatuma Dicalcic Phosphate Ltd. ‘By ourselves we can only..

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When Gary and Gaylene Peddle were at the point where they had to ask themselves whether their business was a sustainable one, they knew they’d have to evaluate everything. Their 1,600ha property was already a good producing farm but they were starting to question whether it was an economical one. Size of farm (effective) 1200ha..

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Sheldon and Nicola Martin have been farming their 585ha property nestled in the heart of Rangiwahia since 2001. Sheldon is fourth generation to do so after his great-grandfather settled on the same farm 125 years ago. Size of farm (effective) 585ha 2010 Hatuma DP product used and rate: Hills: Htuma No.8S (0:3:6:0:8) at 300kg/ha) Flats:..

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After decades of production orientated farming, in 2002 John Wood set the challenge of taking his 440ha mix of clay and rubbly volcanic soils situated on some of the steepest farmland in the region, into a new era of restoring and protecting its natural heritage, while building on its high productivity. Size of farm (effective)..

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New Zealand farmers need to stay ‘tuned’ to rapidly changing global food and nutrient markets or risk losing their competitive advantage, according to speakers at a series of ‘Farming for the Future’ roadshows being held around the country this month. Former Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Dr Morgan Williams says huge shifts are occurring around..

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