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Marksons Farm

Victor Rutherford, Dairy Farmer, Te Aroha

"I own several farms and spend a lot on fertiliser. I was confused about what to do so I called in the independent experts, agKnowledge. With there background in science they were able to identify and correct nutrient deficiencies and because they do not sell products they were able to recommend the least cost products suitable to the job. As a consequence fertiliser costs have decreased and production has increased on both farms.

The outcome:

Since agKnowledge's involvement on my Te Aroha property MS production has increased by 38% and fertiliser costs per unit production have declined.

Riche Farm

Shirley Riche, Diary Farmer, Tokoroa

"Our farm was very sick. The pastures looked dead and there was very little clover. agKnowledge did a detailed assessment and discovered that the soils were deficient in K and Mo. Since corrected these limiting factors the farm has improved out of sight. It is very pleasing".

The outcome:

Since 2002 total production has increased by 38%. Fertiliser cost are now very low at about $0.20 per kg MS.

Bleakley Farm

R A Bleakley, Dairy Farmer, Northland

"This is a complex farm with several very different soil types and different blocks of varying age in terms of development. We were not sure how to proceed and sought advice from Dr Edmeades and his team. We are very pleased with the outcome. Our fertiliser costs were higher initially to pay for the capital fertiliser required on some blocks but we are now moving to a maintenance phase. The pastures are much better as indicated by the increase in total milk production".

The outcome:

After an initial capital fertiliser program in 2005 production has increase from 250,000 kg MS to 400,000 (60%)

McMillan Farm

Grant McMillan, Sheep & Beef, RD Ongarue

"When we heard in 2003 that Dr Edmeades was providing a one-on-one service to farmers we immediately sought his services. We were confused about soil fertility and fertilisers and were not getting the answers we needed for our farm. After visiting the farm and discussing our goals he showed us that we were 'under cooking' the farm. The soil fertility was not optimal and we were losing economic opportunity. He recommended a capital fertiliser program followed by a maintenance fertiliser program. The farm has not looked better".

The outcome:

Since the capital fertiliser program in 2003 and 2004 production has increased from 256 to 377 kg product/ha (27%). Our maintenance fertiliser program is now costing about $10/su.

Hislop Farm

Darren Hislop, Dairy Farmer, Orini

This farm was going backwards - the clover had all but disappeared, the pastures were brownish-yellow and we were using more and more fertiliser N. We thought that the problem was the clover flee and/or the root weevil killing the clover. Dr Edmeades of agKnowledge inspected the pastures in 2005 and noted that they were very patchy - the urine patches were very prominent. He collected soil and clover-only samples a determined that the soils were deficient in K and Mo. He explained that this was the reason the clovers were not thriving. Since correcting these problems the clover has returned and the pastures are much healthier and more productive. Our production has increased from about 85,000 kg MS/yr to just over 100,000 kg MS annually. Our fertiliser costs are now about $0.30/kg MS produced and we do not worry anymore about pasture pests like the flee and weevil.

The outcome:

Since the involvement of agKnowledge Ltd MS production has increased by about 18% and the maintenance fertiliser program is costing about $0.30 per kg MS produced.

Cleland Farm

Andrew Cleland, Dairy Farmer, Hamilton

Despite what we thought were reasonably high fertiliser inputs the performance of the farm was very poor. The pasture looked 'run-out' with very little clover. I decided to seek independent advice to solve the problem. Based on the visual symptoms of the pastures, and soil and pasture tests, Dr Edmeades identified that the soils were deficient in K and S. We had the fertiliser balance wrong - too much P and not sufficient K and S. Once this was solved the pasture have boomed into life which has been reflected in the vat."

The outcome:

Milk production has increased by 30% since 2004 and the fertiliser costs per unit production have declined from about $0.45 to $0.25/ kg MS produced. Based on today's prices our income is up by $147,000 annually and fertiliser costs are down by $10,000.

Dysart Farm

David Dysart, Dairy Farmer, Western Bays, Taupo

Our farm was going backwards despite large fertiliser costs. We got agKnowledge involved in 2004 and thanks to his science background Dr Edmeades quickly identified and solved the problem – the soils were grossly potassium deficient. Because the soil P levels were above optimal no P but high rates of potash were recommended. Importantly we have had no problems with animal health. I have no hesitation in recommending agKnowledge’s services to other farmers

The outcome:

Since 2004 total production has increased by 22% and fertiliser costs have decrease and are now below $0.40/kg MS.