Trap.nz – the key to supporting expanded pest control efforts

Animal pest control got a $291M boost from the NZ Government as part of Budget 2020.  This will require the coordination of lots of people and information to get this work done.  It will require tracking and reporting kills and monitoring of outcomes. You can’t manage what you don’t measure. Thankfully there is already a system in place to support this. Trap.nz has been doing precisely this since 2014 and the …

Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GHGs)

What costs might pastoral farmers be up for and how can they manage their risk? An information brochure summarises four years of work on modelling GHG and cash flows for a range of dairy and sheep and beef farms. The work has been done in conjunction with a number of research partners through a number of projects, including for the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre (NZAGRC). It also discusses …

Guide to constructing a wetland on a farm for nitrogen removal

Groundtruth Ltd have produced a guide to constructing wetlands on farms in conjunction with Sustainable Wairarapa Incorporated.  Dairy NZ and Pamu supported a Sustainable Farming Fund project which assessed the cost-benefit of various on-farm activities for removing contaminants from waterways and improving biodiversity.  Monitoring over the last 3 years has shown that a wetland can be very cost-effective at removing nitrogen from farm drainage water.  If you are interested to learn …

Reducing contaminants from dairy-farm laneways

Dairy farm laneways adjacent to drains pose a risk as a potential source of contaminants to water. Laneways represent locations with large amounts of effluent loading. Furthermore, cow movement across a laneway of compacted gravels is likely to mobilise fine sediment, increasing the possibility of transport into waterways via runoff during rainfall events. Despite the risk of contaminant losses from laneways to nearby waterways, few studies have quantified the effects of …

Queen Elizabeth Park Restoration project one step closer with new approach to native planting

News media release 04 July 2018 A long-held dream to return large parts of Queen Elizabeth Park to a forest of native plants and animals will be one step closer this week when a ground breaking new approach to planting starts. “This is the beginning of a green transformation we’ve visualised for a long time and have been planning for many months. It includes a planting system we’ve successfully trialled to deliver better …

Adding precision to kiwifruit production

Aongatete Coolstores Ltd has been working with Zespri to demonstrate the opportunities for growers, packhouses and marketers which may be available from improved product tracking.  The research programme records where bins are filled within orchard blocks and links fruit quality data from the grading system with that location.  Last year the concept was proven with a few orchards while this year a big effort has gone in to see how it …

Uawanui wins Green Ribbon Award

Congratulations to all those involved in the fantastic achievement of winning the Green Ribbon Award 2016 for “Protecting our Biodiversity”. Groundtruth has been involved with this exciting project for some years. Collaborative and innovative, the Uawanui Project has taken a whole-community approach to improving the environmental health of the Kaituna Estuary, by managing the activities in the catchment that impact on the estuary – a “mountains-to-sea” approach. Input from marae, iwi, …