Story: Farming and the environment

Fertiliser application

Fertiliser application

The natural fertility of New Zealand soils is unable to support the level of pasture or crop production required by commercial farmers or orchardists. Phosphate, lime and other fertilisers need to be applied regularly in order to maintain productivity. Here a ground-spreader truck is applying lime to a small paddock near Motueka.

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Julia Haggerty and Hugh Campbell, 'Farming and the environment - Effects on soil and water', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 December 2021)

Story by Julia Haggerty and Hugh Campbell, published 24 Nov 2008