Data and technology

Has data and technology become a crutch?

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Facing a drier future

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Global warming has had a drastic impact on nature and one of its biggest hits has been on water availability. Of all the water on earth, 2.5% is fresh water and only 1% is available for use.

Hands in soil

What is soil that works for you?

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Attaining soils that are working for you is a process. It starts with figuring out where your soils currently are. This will determine the next steps.

Healthy soils

Minimise soil disturbance and build soil health.

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Physical soil disturbances are a well-documented and well-understood concept; however, we underestimate the disturbances that result from chemical and biological processes.

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Protozoa and protozoa tea

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What are protozoa? Protozoa are microbes beneficial to soil health. They help to cycle nutrients such as nitrogen as well as attract earth worms. Find here instructions to make your own protozoa tea to inoculate the soil.

Old farming methods

What is it worth not to change?

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Can we afford not to change when we look beyond the individual farm and look at the entire agricultural industry and the way food is produced? What will it cost environmentally, and long-term economically, if we do not change?

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Green lacewings

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What on earth is a green lacewing? This question might have been on many of the Trace & Save farmers’ minds in 2020 with the new biodiversity survey we’ve implemented. This article will answer the questions: what is a green lacewing and why is it relevant to a pasture-based dairy farm? We want to highlight green lacewings for the biocontrol species that they are, and even more importantly what their presence on a farm indicates – a healthy agro-ecosystem.

Water movement in the soil: Important notes for irrigation management

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Irrigation should not be applied uniformly in fields because soil differs in structure and texture. Understanding water movement dynamics for individual fields are very important for irrigation scheduling.

Could compost tea be part of the solution?

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Compost tea, if used correctly, can help reduce the use of harmful pesticides through the introduction of beneficial microbes and at the same time bring nutrients that are essential for plant growth and soil functions.

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Understanding the black gold of the earth – humus.

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Humus is a stabilized fraction of organic matter and is a general term referring to a heterogeneous mixture of different humic substances.