Use of nitrogen loss rate tool extended

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A system to measure nitrogen losses of farms and lifestyle blocks which has been trialled in Selwyn, is to be rolled out across the rest of Canterbury.

Environment Canterbury (ECan) has approved a tool for farmers to measure the nitrogen loss rates from their properties. 

Earlier this year the ‘NCheck’ system was approved for use in the Selwyn Te Waihora catchment only but now ECan is extending that approval for use across the wider Canterbury region.

ECan chief executive Bill Bayfield said NCheck is a simple way for farmers and lifestyle block owners to find out their property’s nitrogen losses and whether they need a land use consent to farm.

“This tool has already proven easy for farmers to use, which ultimately will lead to good environmental outcomes,” Mr Bayfield said.

“In Selwyn Te Waihora, use of NCheck has helped minimise delays in farmers obtaining consent and to move forward implementation of farm environment plans and progress towards farming to limits in the catchment.” Mr Bayfield said cropping farms and those with low nitrogen losses can use the NCheck report in the consent process.