Tractor spraying herbicides

Are herbicides really helping you?

Reading Time: 6 minutes

There has been a lot of research conducted about the impact of applying herbicides. The problem is that there is a full spectrum of findings showing positive, negative and negligible effects on soil biology. This can be very confusing.

Graham Shepherd: Managing nitrogen and carbon to maximise farm performance

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Graham’s keynote presentation, Managing N and C to maximise farm performance, truly resonated with the audience. Many of the farmers in attendance are already in transition towards sustainable farming while others are not quite there yet.

The fate of nitrogen: nitrate-N vs ammonium-N

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Nitrogen is the growth element. Plants need it, no doubt about that. In the first half of a plant’s growth cycle, it takes in about 80% of the total nitrogen it needs for the entire cycle.

Irrigation water

The underrated value of good quality irrigation water

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Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to irrigation water quality. The best place to start is knowing the quality of your irrigation water.

Does your soil have a balanced diet?

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The ultimate goal is a healthy soil, with a fully functioning soil food web. One of the important steps in achieving this is ensuring the correct diet for the microbes which make up the full food web.

Spreading lime

Understanding lime and gypsum better

Reading Time: 4 minutes

There is often confusion about what type of lime to use, how effective lime is and what the difference is between lime and gypsum. Read this blog to understand all this better.

Birds in Wetland

Wetlands – nature’s filter and regulator

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Caring for the natural ecosystems, such as wetlands, on your farm can contribute to farm productivity. Not only that, it will make your farm more resilient.

Plants, the root of your profit

Reading Time: 4 minutes

The unique and constant interaction between plant roots, bacteria and fungi creates a fantastic symbiosis. Farmers are able to facilitate or limit this interaction through the practices they implement.

Examining pastures

Farmers’ Day: Sustainability – Economics & Soil Power

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Join us for an exciting farmers’ day where Trace & Save will be hosting New Zealand soil health expert Graham Shepherd.

Biodiversity soil

Video – How do you build carbon in the soil?

Reading Time: 1 minute

I would hope that by now most farmers have heard that building soil carbon has huge advantages. Both from a productivity and an environmental perspective. How do you go about building soil carbon?