Page Bloomer Associates undertake and manage a wide range of projects for primary sectors. A common theme is “doing things better”, seeking to identify and support adoption of best on farm practice.
Our technical competence areas include:
- irrigation and effluent management, efficiency, and system evaluation
- soil management – monitoring, quality, health and wind erosion
- precision agriculture
- zone tillage, strip tillage and minimum tillage
However our real strengths lie in integrating these and other disciplines and relating them sensibly to real world issues for real world people.
We have a solid understanding of technology adoption in agriculture. Our interest is seeking solutions that enhance economic and environmental sustainability. We provide technical input in our specialist areas, teaming with other science and engineering providers as required.
Follow the links for summaries of example projects, and feel free to ask for more detail as required.
Weather Forecasting for Enhanced Profits and Environmental Protection
Extending weather forecasting and dissemination technologies adopted in the New Zeland fruit sector to the arable and vegetable cropping sectors. This will require adaption of existing tools, and co-ordination among a wide range of technologists and cropping stakeholders. More here>
Quantifying Surface Ponding Losses
Used sophisticated tools including surface hydrodynamic flood modelling, EM38 soil scanning with RTK-GPS and GIS, and multiplexed TDR arrays to assess irrigation water losses that result when application intensity exceeds soil infiltration capacity. More here>
Advanced Farming Systems
LandWISE, in partnership with the Foundation for Arable Research and other key funders, is following the development and adoption of a range of precision farming and controlled traffic technologies. Twelve focus farms across New Zealand, each a champion of an aspect of advanced farming systems, provide the base for the project and the question, “How can we use these new technologies and practices to farm better?” See LandWISE: Click here>
Controlling the Strip
Development of strip tillage for field crops and introduction of controlled traffic or tramline farming through our involvement with LandWISE: Click here>
Science for Community Change
Designing organic horticultural systems with local communities in the East Coast.
For more info See Te Panui: Click here >