nitrate poisoning riskLivestock farmers should be careful when allowing their animals to graze any regrowth in pastures that are recovering from the exceptional drought much of New Zealand has experienced this year – because farm animals are especially vulnerable to nitrate poisoning at this time.

soilIt’s an easy concept to think of the soil as a bank.  If you remove nutrients in products sold off the farm, then you need to replace them to keep a state of ‘nutrient balance’ in the bank.

organic matterThere's nothing that fuels arguments between the proponents of 'chemical fertilisers' and supporters of 'biological farming, organic farming and biodynamics' farming, than the subject of Organic Matter.  Then when you include the word 'Humus' into the discussion, things can get really heated.

November farming diaryGrass and clover should be bursting out of the ground in most parts, certainly where regular fertiliser applications have been applied.


blackberryAlthough blackberry is found in most districts of New Zealand it is mainly a problem weed in Northland, Central and Eastern districts of the North Island, Nelson and the West Coast.

inkweedA soft-wooded, bushy and leafy perennial that grows up to 2 metres tall or more. The flowers are green and are followed by dense cylindrical clusters of dark purple berries.

chickweed3Chickweed (sometimes called field chickweed) is an annual that is low growing and sprawling and can grow up to 70cm across.

scotch thistleScotch and nodding thistles are common in New Zealand pastures.

hedge mustardHedge mustard is also sometimes referred to as wireweed or tumble weed.

giant buttercupGiant Buttercup is a hairy perennial, with erect solid stems up to 1.5 m tall. It grows from a stout rhizome.

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