Tuesday, 07 January 2020 08:55

Making good use of green water

Written by  Staff Reporters
Alistair Neville. Alistair Neville.

Reporoa farmer Alistair Neville is using the Tow and Fert range for more environmentally-friendly farming practices. 

The use of technology to improve farming practices and returns has always been an interest and a passion for Neville.

While studying at Massey University he came across a paper advocating the benefits of foliar applied fertiliser. He quickly latched on to the idea and converted to the Tow and Fert range about six years ago.

Neville runs a Tow and Fert Multi 800, which has since been updated to a 1000 model.

“We are putting mostly nitrogen through the machine, urea and SOA mix or an N and elemental sulphur brew. We will also run giberillic acid in the colder months.”

Neville is also making the move to an autumn milking run to take advantage of the premium payout available from Fonterra for winter milking and to make the most of summer with his boat and bach.

“With us going into winter milking the Tow and Fert will be a key component of the whole system to grow as much grass as we can.”

He uses the sprayer three times a week following the cows. He is also able to make use of the excess green water on the farm as the base in which to mix the fertiliser brew. 

Neville also uses his Tow and Fert Multi 800 as a trash pump, cleaning culverts and troughs and helping the garden with green water.

“We need to be environmentally friendly and with new environmental regulations coming in we need to be smarter about how we use our fertiliser, especially nitrogen, and I think the Tow and Fert is the answer to quite a lot of that.”

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