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Reduce winter nitrogen loss

Monday, 21 May 2018, 3:56 pm | Bala Tikkisetty Waikato Regional Council

The coldest months of the year are just around the corner, so farmers should be particularly cautious when applying nitrogen fertilisers to pasture or crops. More >>

We need to stop losing it

Wednesday, 6 December 2017, 2:52 pm | Bala Tikkisetty Waikato Regional Council

We’re losing it. Soil that is. And we need to do more to stop the slide of this precious asset into waterways and, ultimately, the ocean. More >>

Improve farm productivity with earthworms

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 10:38 am | Bala Tikkisetty Waikato Regional Council

Earthworms are indicators of soil health. There are nearly 200 species of earthworms in New Zealand but only a few introduced species are beneficial to agriculture. There are many species of native earthworms, but these seldom occur in developed soils. ... More >>

Care required around water

Monday, 13 February 2017, 2:10 pm | Bala Tikkisetty Waikato Regional Council

Summer – with its lower flows and generally better weather – is when farmers often carry out works in and around waterways. More >>

Bala Tkkisetty's column for January 2017

Monday, 16 January 2017, 11:42 am | Bala Tikkisetty Waikato Regional Council

Intensive farming practices can discharge significant amounts of contaminants, notably nitrogen, phosphorus, sediment and pathogens into our waterways. More >>

Protecting your precious soils

Friday, 11 November 2016, 10:13 am | Bala Tikkisetty Waikato Regional Council

A sound understanding of soil characteristics is an essential component of effective farming, especially at a time when there is an increased focus on limiting the impacts of land use on water quality. More >>

Being smart with nutrients

Tuesday, 12 July 2016, 9:18 am | Bala Tikkisetty Waikato Regional Council

We’re now well into winter, with early spring not that far away. Both are times when nutrients are most at risk of leaving farms due to high rainfall, reduced pasture growth, lots of stock urine being deposited, soil compaction and pugging. More >>

Stopping the big sediment slide

Monday, 11 April 2016, 10:19 am | Bala Tikkisetty Waikato Regional Council

Soil is a farmer’s most precious resource. But, in New Zealand, we lose it to the ocean about 10 times faster than the rest of the world, with between 200 million and 300 million tonnes sliding into the sea every year. That equates to an astonishing ... More >>

Protecting our crucial soils

Friday, 7 August 2015, 4:13 pm | Bala Tikkisetty Waikato Regional Council

Waikato Regional Council’s soil quality monitoring programme measures soil properties such as soil compaction, nutrient status, biological activity, soil carbon and organic matter at 152 sites, with about 30 sites sampled annually. The sites cover a range ... More >>

Getting the banking in order

Monday, 13 July 2015, 9:53 am | Bala Tikkisetty Waikato Regional Council

Getting the banking in order Bala Tikkisetty Winter weather can place extra strain on the banks of farm waterways, increasing the risk of erosion degrading water quality. Since degraded water quality can affect animal health and productivity, protecting ... More >>

Reducing winter nitrogen loss

Friday, 8 May 2015, 1:28 pm | Bala Tikkisetty Waikato Regional Council

Reducing winter nitrogen loss Bala Tikkisetty With the coldest months of the year just around the corner, it’s important to bear in mind that farmers should be particularly cautious when applying nitrogen fertilisers to pasture or crops during winter. Winter ... More >>

Protecting peat soils

Friday, 13 February 2015, 2:53 pm | Bala Tikkisetty Waikato Regional Council

Protecting peat soils Bala Tikkisetty Peat soils, in their natural state, have high organic matter content, low nutrient levels and water table fluctuations, so they behave differently from mineral soils in terms of nutrient transformations and cycling. ... More >>

Cultivating the right approach

Monday, 13 October 2014, 12:14 pm | Bala Tikkisetty Waikato Regional Council

Mechanical cultivation of paddocks for producing summer forage or fodder crop is a common sight on farms at this time of year. This is also a time when high intensity local storms are common, adding substantial risk to an important farming practice. More >>

Better ‘banking’, better water

Wednesday, 14 May 2014, 3:55 pm | Bala Tikkisetty Waikato Regional Council

By Bala Tikkisetty Winter weather can place increased strain on the banks of farm waterways, increasing the risk of erosion from them affecting water quality. So it’s timely to look at the issues involved in erosion generally and land management practices ... More >>

Protecting peat performance

Friday, 6 December 2013, 12:54 pm | Bala Tikkisetty Waikato Regional Council

Protecting peat performance By Bala Tikkisetty Protecting the productivity of low nutrient peat soils is essential if they are to be farmed successfully. In Waikato, there are around 90,000 hectares of these soils around the region, particularly near ... More >>

Be wary in winter with nitrogen

Tuesday, 11 June 2013, 1:12 pm | Bala Tikkisetty Waikato Regional Council

Winter applications of nitrogen are generally least effective in promoting grass growth. Slow growth of pasture and high rainfall in winter can result in nitrate leaching before plants can take it up. More >>

 

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