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Fertiliser advice follows long grass trials
Trial findings: Southland Grain and Seed owner Kevin
Kubala is warning farmers not to overdo it with high-
By TERRI RUSSELL
Southern farmers using high-analysis
fertiliser are being warned not to overdo
it, after the results of a year-long grass
trial were released last month.
Southland Grain and Seed owner Kevin
Kubala, who trialled 66 ryegrass
varieties, urged farmers to use high-
analysis fertiliser in small, regular doses,
rather than a single large dose.
High rates of the fertiliser harmed clover
and using smaller doses was better for
grass production, he said.
The results also showed that italian grass
varieties needed high-analysis fertiliser
for improved grass growth.
''Farmers who think it's okay to stick
with the standard are misinformed,''
Italian and perennial tetraploid respon-
ded 5 per cent better to urea than diploid.
It was important for farmers who were
irrigating to know that they could gain
the 5 per cent growth for no extra input,
''If you're doing irrigation or putting
effluent on, farmers should consider
putting in italians or perennial tetra-
ploids,'' he said.
Farmers were also recommended to look
at new varieties of hardy-type grasses for
a longer-lasting grass. ''They're making
good development on grasses.
''Traditional types are on the bottom of
''Most of the new ones are on top,'' he
Grass types were also available that kept
their leaf when going to seed.
Farmers were encouraged to look for
types with low aftermath heading to help
increase summer production, which is a
huge help for dairy farmers.
Each variety was tested on two different
soil types, one with clover and the other
with minimum amounts of clover.
Plots were also tested with standard
fertiliser and high-analysis fertiliser.
The trial will continue for the next four
to five years to test for longevity.
More prizes in
By DIANE BISHOP
Three new categories
and more prize money
are just a few of the
incentives for farmers
to enter the 2013 Lin-
coln University Foun-
dation South Island
Farmer of the Year
Chairman of the Foun-
dation's board of tru-
stees Ben Todhunter
said that the compe-
tition's top prize had been raised from $15,000 to
This was given as a travel grant to allow the
winners to go overseas and look at other farming
practices, examine new technologies and innova-
tions and enhance their farm business, he said.
The foundation was also offering three new prize
categories -- Human Resource Management, Use of
Technology and Resource Use Efficiency -- with
the winners of each category receiving $5000.
Mr Todhunter said the increased value of the top
prize and the new prize categories were part of the
foundation's drive to celebrate, share and learn
from excellence in farming practice.
Another change for the 2013 season was that the
foundation would accept nominations of farmers
by third parties, he said.
''One of the things we've struggled with is the
natural reluctance for farmers to put themselves
forward and say 'I'm the best'.
Mr Todhunter said all nominated farmers would
be contacted and encouraged to accept the
The annual Lincoln University Foundation South
Island Farmer of the Year competition acknow-
ledges outstanding and innovative farm manage-
ment practices and their contribution to
leadership in land-based production.
The competition was open to all types of land-
based primary production - from traditional stock
or crop farms to wineries, market gardens, olive
growers or orchardists.
Last year's winner of the South Island Farmer of
the Year title was Synlait Farms. For an entry
form visit www.lincolnuniversityfoundation
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