Let us know if you are unable to apply for your resource consent due to a backlog in nutrient budgets. If you have your Farm Environment Plan prepared (and it is being implemented) and your records are prepared for budget calculations, we will note your progress so you can be reassured that we know you are on-track for lodging your application.
Nitrogen Baseline is:
a) the discharge of nitrogen below the root zone averaged over the period of 01 July 2009 - 30 June 2013 expressed in kg per hectare per annum
b) in the case where a building consent and effluent discharge consent have been granted for a new or upgraded dairy milking shed in the period 01 July 2009 – 30 June 2013, the calculation under (a) will be on the basis that the dairy farming activity is operational.
Nitrogen loss calculation is the discharge of nitrogen below the root zone averaged over the most recent four year 01 July to 30 June period and expressed in kg per hectare per annum.
Environment Canterbury is aware that demand for Nitrogen Baselines and Nitrogen Loss Calculations is high and that this may delay lodgement of your application. If you find yourself in this situation, please contact Environment Canterbury to let us know:
We will note your progress so you can be reassured that we know you are on-track for lodging your application.
You need farm information/data of your farming activities, such as production, irrigation methods and application rates, nutrient application rates, stocking rates, and information about soil types found at the farm.
You need to retain all the information you used to calculate your first nitrogen loss as this information will be needed to calculate future nitrogen losses.
If you are using OverseerFM® as a tool to calculate your nitrogen loss, the electronic file for the nitrogen loss called “(xml) input file” should be kept – this service is usually offered if the budget is prepared by a professional.
NCheck is a simple way to find out your property nitrogen losses, and to work out if you need a land use consent to farm. It has also been approved for use in the consent process under limited circumstance for some land uses. Access NCheck here.
The calculation of your nitrogen losses is a useful tool to help you identify what aspects of your farm systems you can change to reduce nutrient losses.
Our customer services team is available during business hours on the following numbers. Calling from Christchurch: (03) 353-9007 Calling from any other area: 0800 324 636 (0800 EC INFO)
The following steps should be followed when preparing an OverseerFM budget where data is missing or unavailable:
Some information may be available on the sales prospectus. All reasonable steps should be used to produce an OverseerFM budget which most accurately represents the farming activity that occurred. Where a budget has been prepared with missing data, the person preparing the budget should document the steps taken to obtain the data in order to justify that a robust budget has been prepared.
The Interim Canterbury Soils website contains soil mapping for parts of Canterbury that do not have S‑map data and are not part of the Department of Conservation estate. It has been developed by Landcare Research under contract to Environment Canterbury.
The information provided by the GMP Loss Estimator can help you in writing your Farm Environment Plan as it gives you the basis to identify the on farm practices you need to use to reduce nutrient losses into water.