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Biological N fixation and legumes

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Taking advantage, or greater advantage, of biological nitrogen fixation, seems like a logical option for a chemical nitrogen substitute. Adding legumes to your cropping system, and managing them well, has great potential to add significant amounts of nitrogen to your system, in a more sustainable way than chemical fertilisers.

Dairy pastures

University research supports lower nitrogen rates

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We did not need this research to give us confidence in the principles we advocate for in terms of nitrogen fertiliser management on dairy pastures. But it is encouraging to see other research which confirms what we have been observing.

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What is your perspective – technology or environment?

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The purpose of this article is purely to provoke thought. To ask you to consider where you fall in the spectrum of techonogist and environmentalist, and to think about how this perspective influences your view of the solutions that are presented to you every day.

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Everyone is so focussed on methane we forget about nitrous oxide

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The main culprit, of nitrous oxide emissions, in agriculture is the excessive use of synthetic nitrogen fertilisers. Fortunately, that is something farmers can do something about.

Understanding evapotranspiration better

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Transpiration depends on evaporation, therefore factors affecting the rate of evaporation also affect the rate of transpiration.

Soil fungi connections

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Soil fungi increase security, awareness, and knowledge for those connected to them. Any soil management action that results in the breakage of these connections, such as tillage and fungicides, destroys the entire nerve system of the soil thus isolating plants and soil organisms from each other.

Effluent pond

Dairy effluent management: Disposal of waste or valuable nutrients?

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Effluent may be a waste product generated on dairy farms, but it can be a valuable resource when disposed of correctly and in the right places.

Effective field management, herbicide usage and cover crops to suppress weeds.

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Weeds are a nuisance but through effective field management, herbicide usage, and cover crops they can be controlled.

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.