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The New Zealand Groundspread Fertilisers Association (NZGFA) is committed to stepping up its health and safety programme to make fertiliser groundspreading safer for all operators.
The Fertiliser Quality Council (FQC) is urging all spreading companies registered with Spreadmark – the industry guarantee programme – to check their vehicle certification status. The call from the Council follows an alert from auditors that companies registered with the Spreadmark scheme may, unknowingly, have trucks or aircraft with expired certificates.Download the full article
A research study, commissioned by the New Zealand Fertiliser Quality Council (FQC), estimates that New Zealand agriculture could save tens of millions of dollars in lost production and wasted fertiliser – every year.
Conducted by Massey University’s Centre for Precision Agriculture, the report, which reviewed spreading accuracy from twin disc fertiliser spreaders, found that several factors contributed to ‘off target’ fertiliser spreading – including the physical properties of the fertiliser product, demand for spreaders to spread wider, as well as topography and wind.
The New Zealand Fertiliser Quality Council (FQC) is reminding farmers to be vigilant about checking product labels and service details ahead of fertilising and spreading this spring.
Farmers should look out for the two distinctive quality assurance motifs – Fertmark and the Spreadmark – when choosing a fertiliser product and a spreading company, says Anders Crofoot, Chairman of the FQC.
The Fertiliser Quality Council (FQC) says current stability around fertiliser prices will give farm budgets an early boost for 2016 – but only if farmers are quick to seize the opportunity.
The two main fertiliser manufacturers, Ballance and Ravensdown, have kept costs for major nutrients under control since September 2015 – despite economic volatility caused by last year’s slide in the value of the New Zealand dollar.