25 Sep 2015

The Zig-Zag method for predicting soil temperature?

Even though Warren Buffet is renowned for making clever picks of businesses to invest in, no-one assumes that he does this all on the basis of some occasional market insight, read in a local newspaper. He probably has some very sophisticated models that are constantly crunching through terabytes of relevant data.  The output of the models is not only a record of what has happened but most importantly some powerful insight into what is likely to happen. 

11 Sep 2015

Who has time for technology?

Fact or Fiction? 

Moley Robotics has developed a robotic chef that can cook thousands of meals by following the movements of a Michelin starred chef.

Fact 

(if you want to see it in action have a look at this link: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/robotic-chef-can-cook-michelin-star-food-your-kitchen-by-mimicking-worlds-best-cooks-1496168 )

28 Aug 2015

The new buzz words – GMP & MGM

You will be getting to grips with what GMP – good management practice – has been described as.  And how doing GMP is part of the MGM – matrix of good management.  For a very few star performers none of this will be new, but for lots of farmers there will be parts of doing GMP that will require some changed ways of doing common farm activities.

21 Aug 2015

A Regen original

Hodderville Farms is ID number 2 in the Regen list – the second after Massey University to start using Regen.  It has just past its 6 year anniversary as a Regen customer.  That’s over 2000 texts we have sent to farm manager David Schroeder!  

14 Aug 2015

Baking bread and growing grass

Ever tried to make bread?  To end up with a golden crust and chewy not doughy insides takes some skill.  But it also takes the right amount of the key ingredients – fresh yeast, warm temperature, sugar and good quality flour.  Believe it or not, it is the same principles needed to get a good response from nitrogen.  The right amounts of the key ingredients – for nitrogen this is soil moisture and soil temperature.

22 Jun 2015

Synlait 'Inspire 2015' conference

On this week's blog Brett Saunders (Regen's Sales Channels Manager) reflects on the recent Synlait 'Inspire 2015' conference.

This year's Synlait Supplier conference was bursting with inspiration. After the welcome from Chairman Graeme Milne and the state of the nation address by Managing Director & CEO John Penno, attendees were well informed by a variety of speakers who reflected Synlait's ambition of Leading with Pride with their leadership stories.

8 May 2015

Why look when you can see.

We are all guilty from time to time to having a quick glance rather than a proper look.  Racing out the door, can’t find your car keys.  Not where you usually leave them, then when you finally do see them you realise you have looked past them at least three times!

24 Apr 2015

The dark art of a soil water balance

Luckily understanding changes in soil moisture isn’t as difficult as this balancing act!  But it is all about balance.  A soil water balance (SWB) is a method of tracking how much water is in the soil available for plant growth.  If you know what the current soil water balance is for your farm, then you know if this is adequate – or limiting – for pasture growth.

17 Apr 2015

A chandelier made of cups?

2015 Southland/ Otago
Sharemilker/ Equity Farmer of the Year,
Jono & Kelly Bavin
What does a chandelier made of milking machine cups and a massive thunder storm have in common?  They both happened to be features at the Otago Southland Dairy Industry awards regional finals night in Gore a couple of weeks ago.  

27 Mar 2015

South Island field days


This week Regen was at the South Island field days and we thought we'd share a couple of photos of what we saw while we were there!

20 Mar 2015

Is Urea at risk of becoming the” sugar” of grass nutrition?

Remember the days when it would have seemed ludicrous to hear sugar described as poison?  Yet now we understand that sugar’s use has become so endemic that it is in fact detrimentally affecting the health of many.  It isn’t a poison – in fact it is very nice to consume – but it has been used so extensively that many of us are consuming way too much of it.  And this happened before we realised it.  When did we need sugar to be in pizza? 

13 Mar 2015

The autumn N fertiliser dilemma

The mornings and evenings are starting to get a bit cooler and have that autumnal feeling about them. Much needed rain has started to arrive in some places while other parts of the country are still very dry. How much moisture is needed on your farm before using nitrogen to boost autumn pasture growth makes economic sense?

6 Mar 2015

Introducing Brett Saunders - Regen's new Sales Channel Manager

We are pleased to welcome Brett Saunders to the Regen team as the Sales Channel Manager. This week on the blog Brett tells us a bit about his background and what he is looking forward to in his role.

27 Feb 2015

Turning Ideas into Action

An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.

  – Buddha

Taking time to think can sometimes be challenging, as day-to-day work keeps our minds busy.  Thinking and planning ahead are important steps in setting and achieving goals.  But once we have found the time to think – putting our ideas in to action is even more important.

20 Feb 2015

Practical problem solving at Regen

Here at Regen we love the energy and skills students bring to the workplace so we have been enthusiastic participants of the Summer of Tech internship programme over the past couple of years. In November Nathan Muckley joined us as our 2014/15 summer intern. It’s been great having Nathan as part of the team and we are looking forward to him continuing with us in a part time role when he returns to his studies in early March. Before Nathan heads back to full time studies we thought we’d find out how he has found working as part of the Regen team over the past 3 months.

13 Feb 2015

Good science and passion for the land

Sonia shares some insights from the annual Fertiliser and Lime Research Centre workshop held this week at Massey University in Palmerston North. The Conference theme was improving nutrient management within farming systems to reduce the impact on our water catchments. 

30 Jan 2015

Are you one of the good guys?

Want to see the job of farmer listed up there with fireman and nurse on the list of “most trusted”? After all, every day you are putting food on every New Zealander’s table – that’s pretty important. We think that it’s time for the farmers out there who are doing a great job, every single day, farming sustainably and with integrity to be recognised.  This week’s blog is a few thoughts about this – we would love to have your feedback.