Bala Tikkisetty Waikato Regional Council - Latest News [Page 1]

Being smart with nutrients

Tuesday, 14 September 2021, 10:56 am | Bala Tikkisetty Waikato Regional Council

Spring has sprung and with it comes an increased risk of nutrients leaving farms due to high rainfall, low pasture growth, lots of stock urine being deposited, soil compaction and pugging. More >>

Shelter Trees For Soil And Animal Health

Tuesday, 23 March 2021, 12:41 pm | Bala Tikkisetty Waikato Regional Council

With winter not too far away, this is the time for planning for tree planting. Planting a shelterbelt is an option for some livestock farmers to reduce the adverse effects of inclement weather. Whether it is hot or cold, climatic conditions may lower productivity ... More >>

Water Conservation Is Paramount

Friday, 4 December 2020, 11:32 am | Bala Tikkisetty Waikato Regional Council

Heading into summer we are already drier than normal, so it’s necessary to manage water judiciously for the health of waterways, ecosystems and economics. Its efficient use is also an important element of sustainable agriculture. Long term rainfall for ... More >>

Shelter Trees For Economic And Environmental Gains

Wednesday, 19 February 2020, 11:26 am | Bala Tikkisetty Waikato Regional Council

Planting a shelterbelt is an option for some livestock farmers to reduce the adverse effects of inclement weather. And this is the time to plan for planting shelter. Whether it is heat or cold, physiological stresses impact on productivity by the ... More >>

Cultivating the right way

Monday, 4 November 2019, 10:40 am | Bala Tikkisetty Waikato Regional Council

Cultivation of paddocks is common on farms at this time of year. It’s also a time when local storms may occur, adding substantial risk to an important farming practice. More >>

Nutrient efficiency is important

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 4:08 pm | Bala Tikkisetty Waikato Regional Council

Winter and early spring are times when nutrients are most at risk of getting lost from farms due to high rainfall, reduced pasture growth, the huge amount of urine deposition, soil compaction and pugging. More >>

Sediment loss mitigation is important

Monday, 8 July 2019, 12:57 pm | Bala Tikkisetty Waikato Regional Council

Current and potential erosion are significant factors for soil sustainability and economic sustainability of our farming. More >>

Laughing gas no laughing matter

Monday, 11 March 2019, 11:19 am | Bala Tikkisetty Waikato Regional Council

Waikato Regional Council continues to work with the farming community, industry and other stakeholders to provide advice on sustainable agriculture practices to decrease the impact of ‘greenhouse gases’. More >>

Post-winter cultivation is critical

Wednesday, 26 September 2018, 10:46 am | Bala Tikkisetty Waikato Regional Council

The future of farming, on which our region’s economic and social wellbeing relies heavily, could be at risk if the quality and extent of our soils are not maintained. Sediment and nutrients from farming operations, along with pathogenic microbes, are ... More >>

Another way to reduce nitrate leaching

Wednesday, 25 July 2018, 11:58 am | Bala Tikkisetty Waikato Regional Council

It is well established that in intensively grazed pastures, urine patches can contribute to levels of nitrogen which are in excess of the pasture’s ability to utilise. More >>

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 >>

 

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL