Land ENVIRONMENT PLANS
A Land Environment Plan is an auditable document which provides evidence that you are managing your land resources efficiently in a way that minimses the environmental impact of your business.
An essential part of a Land Environment Plan is having a comprehensive Nutrient Budget. A nutrient budget tells you how much nutrient is coming in and how much is going out and to where.
This information can be used to judge how efficient your farm system is in its use of available nutrients.
The Land Environment Plan identifies the environmental risks your farming operation faces and demonstrates how these can be managed and mitigated, ensuring your farming operation complies with all the new environmental regulations including regional council water plan rules.
An Environmental plan is intended to be a living document that can be reviewed and updated to reflect changes on your land as they happen, helping to manage future risks.
A completed plan will demonstrate that you have assessed the environmental risks on your land and have developed an action plan for continual development.
Nutrient budgets are an essential tool for today’s farmer. They are required by Regional Councils to show them what and how many nutrients are leaving your farm system.
Completing a nutrient budget will enable you to understand and better manage the nutrients that you require for your farming system, saving you valuable dollars and is a more efficient use of fertilizers and nutrients on your land. Whether you are in a High Risk nutrient zone part of an irrigation scheme, want to sell your land or just need to know the status of your land, you should complete a nutrient budget.
The necessity of nutrient budgets is expected to increase substantially as Regional Councils begin to implement the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Manager, under New Zealand’s Resource Management Act.
If it is not a requirement for you at the moment, it is likely to be in the near future and is now accepted as best management practice to have a nutrient budget for your enterprise.
We can predict nutrient loss as part of a farm’s nutrient budget. It is the only tool available in New Zealand that produces annual nutrient loss information at a farm-scale across a wide-range of farm systems. Because of this, and because it uses readily available and auditable information, it is being increasingly used to inform regulation to limit nutrient losses from agricultural land to protect water quality.
WHAT NUTRIENT BUDGETS CAN WE HELP WITH?
We provide nutrient budgets for seven major farm nutrients:
- Nitrogen (N)
- Phosphorus (P)
- Potassium (K)
- Sulfur (S)
- Calcium (Ca)
- Magnesium (Mg)
- Sodium (Na)
- as well as acidity for pastural blocks
This also allows farmers to predict the likely impacts of changes in their management practices or farm systems. The ability to test different approaches is really important if a farm is located in a sensitive catchment that requires all land-users to take steps to reduce their impact on the environment.