Outgro Fertiliser March Update

In-case you missed our March Update, the email newsletter content is below;

Outgro Fertiliser March Update

Welcome to our first Outgro News for 2014.

It was good to see many of our Southland clients at the Waimumu Field Days in Gore mid February. Thank you to our South Island Consultants Olivia and Guy for their organisation of our stand at this event.

As part of our dedication to support community events we are proud to have recently sponsored the following events;

> Dannevirke Dog Trials
> Pongoroa Horse Sports
> The Second National Conference on Biological Farming Systems
> The Morrinsville Show dairy section
> The Southland Rodeo
> And the upcoming Tararua Sheep & Beef Farmer of the Year competition

Our team of Technical Field Consultants recently attended the Second National Conference on Biological Farming Systems in Rotorua on 20 –21st February. Dr Tony Joseph, (B.Sc.Ag, M.Sc.Ag, PhD), presented a research paper that was prepared by a fourth year French agricultural student, Florent Cotton, titled “Measureable Success from Outgro Fertiliser Systems”.

If you are interested in seeing this presentation copies will be available at our site at the Central Districts Field Days (O51 and O52). Tony will be in attendance and will be happy to run through the presentation with you and answer any queries you may have.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our farmers who have recently provided “Farmer Testimonials” supporting the Outgro system. We are pleased to be able to display these at the Central Districts Field Days site (O51 and O52) in Fielding. Come and have a look at what they have to say.

CDS Upgrade

We have recently completed a major upgrade to our CDS system “web based nutrient management system”. As an Outgro client you now have the ability to login at your convenience and view a trending analysis of any one of the 70 items tested at each of your monitor sites each year, this will show you where you started, where you are now and where you are aiming for.

If you are not aware of our CDS, have lost your login or need any assistance navigating your way around please contact your consultant or myself.

After the severe drought last summer we decided we needed to look at some alternate work streams for the summer months to reduce our vulnerability to the impact of extended dry spells. We have ended up becoming involved in the helicopter placement and extraction of bee hives for harvesting manuka honey from remote locations.

This has proven to be a very enjoyable exercise and has gone a long way to ensuring we are gaining improved utilisation of our assets at a historically quieter time of year for fertiliser applications. We have built a good relationship with a number of larger bee keeping operations and have organised for bee hives to be placed on a number of Outgro clients’ properties for harvesting manuka honey.

We are very excited about our involvement in the bee keeping industry and feel it is a great fit with our vision to improve the productivity of the land while not only preserving but enhancing the environment.

If you are planning to visit the CD field days ensure you call into our site, if you mention this newsletter to one of the team we will have a complimentary jar of Pristine Manuka Honey for you.

Hopefully the Autumn rains are on their way soon, and I look forward to catching up with many of you during the CD field days.

As always please let me know if you have any suggestions or feedback.

Jim McMillan
Mobile: 027 682 4716