[9 April/NZ Farmer]

A group of women were helping to find answers on the challenge of reducing nitrate leaching. The PhD students joined a team of scientists from various other organisations to investigate which forages would best reduce nitrate losses. Kirsty Martin had been researching the response of pasture forages to nitrogen. She monitored the responses and applied fertilisers. Ms Martin said she loved PhD study, mainly due to the variety in what she did. Dairy, arable and sheep and beef farms were involved in the programme which focused on alternative pasture species, crops and farm systems. DairyNZ Senior Scientist, Ina Pinxterhuis, said the students had provided valuable information about what was happening at urine patch level. Lincoln University’s Professor of Soil Science, Dr Keith Cameron, added the application of science was important to the university and the agriculture industry.