Outgro Winter Update

I hope you have enjoyed some good growth over the autumn with some favourable growing conditions over most of the country.

I would like to congratulate Shaun and Tracey Baxter; winners of the 2014 Outgro Tararua Sheep and Beef Farmer of the Year. The Baxter’s farming operation is a great example showing that high levels of productivity and profitability can be achieved whilst using an alternative fertiliser regime.

It was good to hear that some of you caught up with Donell Hole and Jess Morrison, two of our consultants who attended the Mystery Creek Field Days. My team and I decided not to exhibit at this year’s event. Our focus is on delivering the best service and results possible to our existing clients.

As part of our dedication to provide you with the best service and results, we are planning to hold a number of educational workshops where we will be covering topics very relevant to the economic performance of your farming operation. Our first workshop is scheduled to be held in Dannevirke on the 23rd of July 2014 and we will have Pat Poletti from Mineral Systems as our guest speaker. Pat is knowledgeable and experienced in resolving animal health and performance issues by supplying stock with the correct balance of minerals.

You will see we have also included in this newsletter a case study undertaken by our in house soil and plant scientist Dr Tony Joseph. Tony has a PhD in plant biology and has extensive knowledge in both soil and plant science. Also as part of Outgro’s commitment to using science, innovation and technology, to improve the productivity of the land while not only preserving but enhancing our environment, Tony is currently in discussions with Callaghan Innovation looking to start a research project to scientifically validate the benefits of our OPB-Outgro Pasture Boost treatment (improved dry matter response per unit of N applied and less environmental impact over a wider range of climatic conditions). We will keep you updated on progress.

As part of our continued support of community events we are proud to have recently sponsored our local rural school; Ruahine School, for their annual “Stars in Their Eyes” fundraiser. The Outgro staff and partners also attended “Stars” in support of their very own contestant; Donell Hole, who gave a great rendition of Alanis Morissette’s song Ironic.

Awahou School in the Pohangina Valley is organising a “Pohangina Valley Wild Food Feast” as their primary fundraising event on Saturday the 9th of August 2014. We are also very proud to be sponsoring this event.

Those of our North Island clients who have had their fertiliser applied by helicopter will have already had an opportunity to meet our pilot Euan Stratford. Euan joined us in February and is a welcome addition to the Outgro team.

Senior Technical Field Consultant, Penelope Drysdale has commenced her maternity leave. I would like to take this opportunity to wish Penelope & Blair all the very best for the safe arrival of their baby and an enjoyable journey into parenthood.

Jess Morrison joined Outgro in April as a Technical Field Consultant. Jess is a valuable addition to Outgro’s consultant team.

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

Jim McMillan
027 682 4716

Dairy in the South

As the cows return to the farm, now is a good time to be looking at ways to improve next season’s overall production and your overall farm performance.

As we are all now aware environmental legislations are becoming more detailed and comprehensive, especially when it comes to your fertiliser inputs.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could achieve the same production and pasture performance from lower inputs?

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Foliar Application of Fertilisers

A case study demonstrating that foliar application of fertiliser is an ideal method for boosting plant growth, correcting nutrient deficiencies and improving crop returns.

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