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Soil maps for improved farming: Report

New Zealand: Lincoln University has released a new report which states that producing detailed soil maps of New Zealand farms can help in improving food production across the country and reduce nitrate leaching. A group of Lincoln students spent four days conducting a soil survey of Glengael, a farmstead near Canterbury, New Zealand, to see if soil-mapping was a worthwhile strategy for increasing farming productivity and minimising the environmental damage caused by agricultural practices. During their survey of the farm, the students carried out a detailed spatial analysis of the soils at the property in order to produce a comprehensive map. As a result, students came up with a number of recommendations for the Glengael farmer. They also pointed out that variable irrigation is beneficial for farmers who want to increase crop production while minimising costs.

Source: Rural news