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Energy in the Soil
source of humic acid
Boost soil carbon and rebuilds soil
Stimulates microbial and fungal
bioactivity necessary for healthy soil
Demand affects pricing and supply
It is now important to approach fertiliser purchase
and application in a much more scientific and
The price of fertiliser is rising.
Asudden and strong worldwide demand for fertiliser has
created a price hike as supplies are rapidly dwindling.
The price of fertiliser is rising.
A sudden and strong worldwide demand for fertiliser has
created a price hike as supplies are rapidly dwindling. At the
same time the shipping costs of transporting fertiliser to New
Zealand have also risen sharply.
Demand is being driven from various sources. Both China and
India are experiencing rapid economic growth and both of those
countries are providing economic incentives for their farmers
to grow more crops for food.
At the same time, there has also been a massive revival in
demand from the United States.
This current state of affairs means many farmers will have to
re-examine their fertiliser programmes.
They must take great care to ensure they receive the maximum
benefit for their fertiliser dollar.
The days are long gone, where a farmer decided to apply X
tonnes of fertiliser as that had worked in the past. It is now
important to approach fertiliser purchase and application in a
much more scientific and businesslike manner.
First of all, it is essential that a farmer know the productivity
value of the soils on the farm. Therefore a comprehensive soil
test is essential.
This does not mean testing the whole farm. Once the soil test
results are available, the farmer can readily identify the high-
productivity areas of the property.
These will be obvious anyway. However the soil test
should indicate quite specifically these areas of high
productivity. These are the areas of the farm that
should be targeted for increased production when
fertiliser prices are high.
The farmer should now work out just how much
money he has available for fertiliser and how much
fertiliser and what type that money will buy.
A farm adviser would be useful in this exercise, as
would a trusted representative from a fertiliser
There is no need to panic. Over the last 20 years most
southern farmers have been more aware of their soils
and have taken specialised advice in improving their
fertility. This means the appropriate nutrients have
been applied to increase and sustain the soils' fertility. In many
cases not applying fertiliser for one year is unlikely to have any
marked effect on production.
However, this cannot be sustained. Experience in the South has
indicated that to withhold fertiliser for a longer period leads to
quite a rapid decline in fertility.
In any case it makes sense to maintain and improve the fertility
of the high production paddocks in the farm.
The farmer may well find that if he applies fertiliser of the
appropriate type and quantities to these high production areas,
he will receive a significant boost in
production that will to some extent buffer
the massive price increases in fertiliser.
Any farmer who is considering converting to
organic farming because of the price of
fertiliser should make a long and careful
study before doing so.
Meanwhile, the prudent southern farmer
would be best advised to cut his or her
fertiliser coat according to his or her
financial cloth. Keep the high productivity
areas maintained and keep an eye of the
market for next year.
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