More calculators to make most of nitrogen


A broader range of online calculators developed to assist farmers to gauge the possible benefits of using urea treated with a urease inhibitor are now available.

Ballance Agri-Nutrients sales and strategy general manager Willie Thomson says farmers are always looking at ways to operate their farms more sustainably, but it has to have an economic pay-off.

"As pressure comes on farm incomes and on farm practices with tighter regulations on nitrogen losses from regional councils, it becomes even more important for farmers to get the returns they are looking for from every kilogram of nitrogen applied and with the least possible waste."

Three new crop calculators - kale/swede, summer turnips and maize - have been added to www.nsurance.co.nz to assist with strategic nitrogen decisions.

Farmers can go online and answer a series of questions which will calculate the estimated net financial benefit of using SustaiN Green instead of standard urea for a range of farming circumstances including dairy farmers, beef or lamb finishers, kale and swede crops, summer turnips and maize crops.

"These new calculators mean farmers across a broader range of sectors can use this tool to help make a decision on which form of nitrogen to use this summer, whether they are dairying, finishing lambs or planting crops."

- Stratford Press

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