Sunday, August 14, 2022

Country-Wide Agronomy 2015

In any business doing the little things well will add up. At time when product prices are depressed attention to detail is the difference between success and failure. That is why this year’s Country-Wide Agronomy’s theme is ‘Making it Count’. Making sure every step within a farming operation, whether it is dairy,  sheep and beef, deer or arable, counts.

In any business doing the little things well will add up. At time when product prices are depressed attention to detail is the difference between success and failure. That is why this year’s Country-Wide Agronomy’s theme is ‘Making it Count’. Making sure every step within a farming operation, whether it is dairy,  sheep and beef, deer or arable, counts.

It focuses on best practice and proven science which underpin successful farming. It covers from testing soils, to the way paddocks are cultivated or the use of minimum tillage and the choosing the correct mix of nutrient inputs through to the management and utilisation of feed and cereal crops.

Agronomy will cover a wide range of topics. It will go out to 23,000 dairy, sheep and beef, deer and arable farmers as part of the Country-Wide August issue. It will remind readers of the basic agronomy practices as well as inform them of the advanced. It will highlight where the opportunities are and what  technology is available. Of course the emphasis will be on best practices. It will point readers in the right direction for expert advice and product information. 

Agronomy contains a tremendous amount of topics that relate to your business’s  activities and products. 

Analysis

  • AgriHQ and experts look at the outlook for international and domestic markets.
  • Consultants number crunch the pasture and crop options
  • Cropping gross margins
  • The true value of feed
  • A guide to feed budgeting
  • Industry issues and comment

 Soils

  • Minimum tillage versus cultivation
  • Strip tillage,
  • Soil flipping how has it work out
  • Drainage-what are the options, maintaining tile drains 

Nutrients

  • Molybdenum deficiency and its impact on pasture and crop yields
  • Potassium-how much do you need
  • Effluent, a problem or a resource
  • Optimal ranges for nutrients on dairy and sheep & beef farms
  • Targeting the fertiliser spend for the best bangs for bucks
  • Overcoming fertiliser spreading problems
  • Environmental plans-why do one and how to go about it

Crops

  • Fodder beet growing and management-tips from the experts, experience farmers
  • Cereal crop yields-how high can we go.
  • Land swaps and cropping on dairy farms-the opportunities

Forages

  • Searching for ryegrass persistence
  • Pasture power behind a large scale finishing operation
  • Alterative pastures for dairy
  • How did alternative forages pan out especially in drought
  • Grass into Gold-a North Island example
  • Growing tall fescue/cocksfoot/Timothy best practice
  • Don’t forget red clover the powerful summer feed
  • Turnips-latest research, growing guide 
  • Fodder beet & Brassica guide
  • Brassica crop which lower methane gas
  • High sugar grasses

Pests and Weeds

  • Best time to hit weeds
  • Crop protection-product development & chemical resistance-how it builds up in plants and ways to reduce it
  • Short term rotations and the build-up of pests and diseases
  • Dealing to porina & grass grub
  • Use of HT swedes

Utilisation

  • Silage wrap versus pit
  • What the end-users want
  • Assessing how much feed is for sale-options, problems

Plant and Machinery

  • A look at latest on offer
  • Setting up and maintaining a sprayer
  • Top gear story on a self propelled sprayer 
  • Calibrating a fertiliser spreader
  • Lifting fodder beet   
  • Irrigation plant options including variable rate
  • An amazing Massey Harris collection  

Gear & Gadget Guide

The latest and greatest plus the usual section within the rest of the Country-Wide August including:

Homeblock, Business, Livestock, Environment, Technology, Community, Farm solutions, Estate.

 

 

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