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Thursday, 12 July 2018 11:55

Overseer critics ‘old-school’

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Mark Wynne. Mark Wynne.

Ballance chief executive Mark Wynne says criticism of the nutrient management tool Overseer is “very old-school”.

Critics are not aware of where Overseer is today, he says.

“Overseer is moving rapidly into a much more user-friendly tool; the science remains the complex part but the user face is much easier.”

Wynne says New Zealand had a choice: either control the input of nutrients as in Europe, or model the output of nutrients.

“In NZ we’ve chosen the outcome approach that allows farmers to be more entrepreneurial; it’s a messy journey to get where we want to be but the trends are right.

“Overseer is the tool for the job; it’s a modeling approach and works well.

“We have hitched our wagon to Overseer; it will be the core measurement tool used in NZ for a long time.”

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