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Case Study OneVictor Rutherford, Dairy Farmer, Te Aroha

Case Study One

"I own several farms and spend a lot on fertiliser. I was confused about what to do so I called in the independent experts, agKnowledge. With there background in science they were able to identify and correct nutrient deficiencies and because they do not sell products they were able to recommend the least cost products suitable to the job. As a consequence fertiliser costs have decreased and production has increased on both farms.

Victor Rutherford, Dairy Farmer, Te Aroha

The outcome:
Since agKnowledge's involvement on my Te Aroha property MS production has increased by 38% and fertiliser costs per unit production have declined.

RICHE FARMShirley Riche


"Our farm was very sick. The pastures looked dead and there was very little clover. agKnowledge did a detailed assessment and discovered that the soils were deficient in K and Mo. Since corrected these limiting factors the farm has improved out of sight. It is very pleasing".

Shirley Riche, Diary Farmer, Tokoroa

The outcome:

Since 2002 total production has increased by 38%. Fertiliser cost are now very low at about $0.20 per kg MS.


Hear what our customers are saying about us:

We have been using Agknowledge since about 2008. And this came about because we had been thinking that we had a problem with our pasture and crop performances. Some of our levels had been run down pretty low. K levels down to around 2 or 3, Olsen P 12-19. Agknowledge put in place a plan to do this over a 2-to-3-year time frame, to spread the cost and prove the results. And with pasture scoring and soil testing taking place in our blocks each year at the same time of year and in the same sampling lines we have been able to lift our levels to the economical level for our farm operation. And sure, enough after the 2 to 3 years our levels lifted to the point that we only needed to replace the nutrients that the pasture and crop’s remove each year. Our crop yields have lifted by about 15% and our carcass weight per hectare sold has increased by about 20%.

Donald & Craig Stobie

Doug is a key part of our decision making
process when it comes to fertiliser spend. I enjoy his no nonsense, science based approach to soils and fertiliser. After all, he is the Mythbuster. He leaves you in no doubt as to how to obtain optimal soil fertility levels so that we can maximise our on-farm productivity.

Matt Buckley