20 Sep 2012

Ballance points to innovation in fertiliser use

11:06 pm on 20 September 2012

The fertiliser co-operative Ballance Agri-Nutrients says it is making inroads with its seven-year research and innovation project which aims to transform traditional fertiliser use.

It is nearly a year into the development of products that improve the efficiency of nitrogen and phosphorus use and reduce nitrate run off on dairy farms.

The Government's primary growth partnership is funding a third of the $32 million project.

Ballance's research and development manager, Warwick Catto, says the creation of a Critical Source Model that pinpoints poor fertiliser loading has been a highlight in the past year.

Mr Catto says that is important as regional councils increase their pressure on farmers to reduce nutrient runoff into waterways.