New Information Strengthens Code of Practice for Fertiliser Use Tuesday, Jul 1, 2003
The Fert Research Code of Practice for Fertiliser Use has been given a boost with the release of eight new addenda providing additional information to support the core recommendations within the Code. The addenda cover key areas such as nutrient budgeting, spreading, water quality, cadmium and nitrate management as well as organic farming and greenhouse gas emissions.
The new addenda have been produced as part of a Code review undertaken last year. First launched in 1998, the Code has become an integral part of nutrient management in New Zealand. The Code has been endorsed by Government agencies, Federated Farmers, and Regional councils.
Some 4,000 hard copies have been distributed to fertiliser advisors, farmers, industry, government, local authorities, educational institutes and scientists across New Zealand and it is specified within a number of Regional council plans. The Code is also available to download at www.fertresearch.org.nz.
Dr Hilton Furness, Technical Director of Fert Research says, Given the key role the Code plays in promoting best practice nutrient management it was important to review the original Code to ensure the recommendations were still valid. Secondly, we wanted to identify those areas where additional information could strengthen the Code and assist users to increase their understanding of nutrient management.
The review confirmed the relevancy of the core Code and aside from some minor corrections, no changes were required. However, the most beneficial outcome of the review has been development of additional information on specific areas of nutrient management. Says Dr Furness,
The new information reflects the changes that have taken place in agriculture in the five years since the Code was launched. New tools for nutrient