Ballance Agri-Nutrients’ Erica Leadley (right) accepts the Smart Farming Award from SIAFD organising chair Rodney Hadfield (left) and AgriMagic director Charlotte Glass

Smart Farming Award

by Mike Isle

Ballance Agri-Nutrients’ breakthrough environmental planning tool, MitAgator, has taken out the inaugural South Island Agricultural Field Days Smart Farming Award. Backed by 30 years of independent science from AgResearch, MitAgator helps farmers reduce contaminant losses that impact water quality.

Backed by 30 years of independent science from AgResearch, MitAgator helps farmers reduce contaminant losses that impact water quality.

South Island Agricultural Field Days has initiated the Smart Farming Award to recognise that agriculture has become more sophisticated and technology has assumed greater importance.

MitAgator was a standout given that the key judging criteria centred on new technology that enables improved decision making and adds value to agricultural businesses, said the judges. Ballance Agri-Nutrients chief executive Mark Wynne welcomed the award as an endorsement of MitAgator, a farming tool that has been 10 years in the making.

“MitAgator will change the way we farm in New Zealand for the better. It gives farmers a speedo on their dashboard that takes the guesswork out of ‘farming within limits’ by mapping hotspots for the four key water contaminants — nitrogen, phosphorus, sediment and E coli pathogens.”

The judges also gave a special award for emerging innovation to Kiwi company Halter for its virtual fencing and animal movement technology.