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Reducing plastic waste at our factory

When trying to tackle an issue as pressing and far-flung as plastic waste, you have to start somewhere. And often, that somewhere is your own home. For Fertco, it’s no different. It all starts on the factory floor. “Sustainability has always been really important to Fertco,” our commercial manager Chris Lees says. “We've got a reputation for a wide range of organic fertiliser products, as well as slow-release conventional products, so our customers expect us to behave in a susta...

April 29, 2022

Returning Marginal Farmland to Nature

On a family sheep and beef farm near Te Puke, marginal agricultural land is being given back to nature. One tree at a time. Henry Whyte, a raised-on-the-farm ecologist, is leading this ambitious project and on a recent crisp autumn morning, he took Fertco on a tour of the farm to see regenerative agriculture in action. Henry’s company EcoResto works with farmers and landowners in the Bay of Plenty to identify sections of land that are degraded, unproductive, or expensive to manage, and tran...

April 5, 2022

Wish4Fish One Base Tournament Trip

The 18-metre catamaran set sail at dawn, casting off from Tauranga Bridge Marina in search of what those at the helm like to call “Magic Moments”.  It was the second day of the 2022 Stoney Creek One Base Tournament and, as the $2.5m boat named Wish4Fish cruised towards Mauao and out of the harbour, there was only one thing on the minds of the men on board. Or one fish, rather. Keen angler Tony Christiansen took the wheelchair access lift to the fly bridge and joined the others in assess...

March 11, 2022

Fertco + TerraCare Announcement

New era for Fertco and TerraCare fertiliser companies.When Fertco was looking to extend its customer base into new areas, and Te Awamutu-based fertiliser company TerraCare was seeking a buyer, the purchase seemed like the obvious solution for both companies. Fertco, a Bay of Plenty company based near the Port of Tauranga currently services the Bay, Waikato, and King Country regions, while TerraCare, with a factory in Te Awamutu, has a customer base in the Waikato, King Country, Manawatu, and low...

March 7, 2022

Dicalcic Phosphate: Is it a Water-Safe Fertiliser Option?

Dicalcic phosphate has been around a long time, it is otherwise known as lime reverted super or DCP. Most commonly (and traditionally) to manufacture Dicalcic phosphate limestone is mixed with Superphosphate to de-acidify and change its chemical structure from monocalcium phosphate to dicalcium phosphate. This chemical process turns the phosphate from a water-soluble form to a citric-soluble form. Citric-soluble phosphate is plant available but controlled in its release to the soil environment. ...

February 23, 2022

Boosting Hill Country Pastures

As more sheep and beef are being finished on hill country today, it’s become more vital to improve hill country pastures to get better results. Better feed quality, and an extended seasonal pattern of feed supply from pasture, are two of the critical requirements to achieve the additional 10kg meat sold per breeding ewe (or equivalent) considered necessary for hill farm viability over the next 15 years (Fennessy et al. 2016). Nitrogen (N) is the nutrient most strongly limiting pasture growth i...

February 7, 2022

Managing Clover – Part 1

It is well understood that clover plays the key role in New Zealand’s competitive advantage over our European counterparts allowing our farmers to produce lower input cost meat, milk and fibre products for export.  Managing the grass-clover sward to maximise this advantage has been the focus of many studies. The benefits of increasing nitrogen (N) supply via atmospheric fixation of N by rhizobia bacteria in clover root nodules are also well understood. The effect of grazing management and...

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