OVERSEER® Nutrient Budgets (OVERSEER) is a strategic management tool that supports farmers and growers to improve performance through better use of nutrients on farm and to reduce losses to the environment for a brighter future for New Zealand agriculture.
All photos supplied by the Fertiliser Association of New Zealand, AgResearch Limited and the Ministry for Primary Industries, unless otherwise stated.
The fertiliser industry has moved a long way from just selling fertiliser. Nutrient management on farm is all about optimising farm nutrient cycles and making the most use of what is available.
“OVERSEER gives our people important information they need to provide effective advice to farmers on nutrient management. OVERSEER takes account of nutrients recycled in animal waste, brought in from supplementary feed, biologically fixed nitrogen and nutrients weathered from some soil constituents.”
“Our shareholders are now looking for more advice on nutrient management, particularly where regulators require farms to reduce their potential losses. In these situations, we use OVERSEER to show what current losses are and then undertake scenario analysis to determine what adaptive management changes can be put in place to reduce those losses.”
Ballance Agri-Nutrients Farm Environment Awards supreme winner for the region with parents, Dennis and Judith McFetridge.
“Sometimes it is difficult to tell what activities on farm will have the greatest impact on the environment. OVERSEER helps to take away some of the guess work because you can model what you are doing and make changes to get a better result and reduce your losses,”
“If you were considering a project like a wintering pad, you can put the details into OVERSEER and see what impact this would have on nitrogen and phosphate losses to the environment.”Using OVERSEER lets farmers make informed decisions about the practices they will use on farm to optimise nutrient uptake and reduce losses to the environment.
Lake Taupō is one of New Zealand’s more iconic lakes. Set in the centre of the North Island it is considered a national treasure. It is under threat from increasing levels of nitrogen leaching from land uses in the catchment.
“Since 2011 Waikato Regional Council has been using OVERSEER in our work to reduce the level of nitrogen leaching into Lake Taupō.”
“To protect the lake, we have had to reduce the amount of nitrogen reaching the lake from farmland and urban areas by 20 per cent. By using OVERSEER, the Council has been able to generate nitrogen discharge allowances for land users. Farmers and growers can then use OVERSEER to maximise their returns within their consented environmental constraints.”
“Using this output based regulatory approach enables farmers to make choices about what they do on farm to reduce their impact on the environment. It also stimulates innovation in the primary sector which can benefit all of New Zealand.”
Your access, downloading and use of the Website and/or OVERSEER is subject to these Terms and Conditions. There are two current versions of OVERSEER available through the OVERSEER Website, one that can be used online and another that can be downloaded and used independently. Some of these Terms and Conditions apply only to one or other of the versions and should be read accordingly. These terms and Conditions also apply to any subsequent or alternative versions of OVERSEER provided to you. Please carefully read the following terms and conditions. By accessing, downloading or using OVERSEER or storing it on a computer hard drive you agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.
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(a) Intellectual Property Rights means all intellectual property rights and industrial property rights of any nature whether conferred by statute, common law or equity, including without limitation, all rights in any patent, copyright, trade mark, design, database, circuit lay-out, know-how, trade secret, confidential information, or right of confidence including all such rights or similar rights in any invention, device, material, data, drawing, sample, method, process, text, algorithm, schematic, software, hardware, firmware, get-up, any other original works or materials, or any component of the same, and any application to register the same, whether or not registered or capable of registration;
(b) Licensors means the Ministry for Primary Industries, The Fertiliser Association of New Zealand Incorporated, and AgResearch Limited;
(c) OVERSEER means the OVERSEER® Nutrient Budgets application and the associated servers, data storage, files, software and all other material provided to you through the Website;
(e) User means the individual users of the Website and/or OVERSEER; and
(f) you or your means any User.
(g) Website means the website currently accessed via www.OVERSEER.org.nz and all replacement or associated websites developed by or for the Licensors for access to OVERSEER from time to time.
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2.4 It is your responsibility to check the Terms and Conditions from time to time for any changes and your continued use of the Website and/or OVERSEER following the notification of any changes deems your acceptance to the revised Terms and Conditions.
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(d) use outputs from OVERSEER in other software programs (such as Microsoft Excel) for the purpose of analysis of those outputs and may allow others to do the same as long as the use of OVERSEER in developing those outputs is acknowledged in any publication (in whatever form) of any such analysis.
3.3 Except as expressly set out in these Terms and Conditions, you may not:
(e) reverse engineer, decompile, disassemble or create derivative works based on the whole or part of OVERSEER.
3.4 For the avoidance of doubt, if you wish to incorporate, merge, combine or connect OVERSEER (or any part of OVERSEER) into another software application a written request for consent must be provided to the Licensors,. The Licensors have unfettered discretion to determine:
(b) you adequately supervise and control use of OVERSEER and ensure that OVERSEER is used by your employees and representatives at all times in accordance with these Terms and Conditions;
4.1 In order to:
(b) have access to the OVERSEER online helpdesk via the Website;
you must first register for a User account.
4.2 By registering for a User account, you agree:
(f) that the Licensors will not be liable to you for any cost, loss, expense or damage (howsoever caused) by any breach of security or unauthorised use of your account.
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(c) you have no rights in, or to, the Website, OVERSEER or its associated documentation other than the right to use them in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.
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5.3 lOVERSEER® is a registered trade mark of the Licensors. No license is granted to use that trade mark or any other trade mark contained in OVERSEER for any purpose and therefore you must not use those trade marks to describe any other products or services whether similar or not to OVERSEER.
6.1 OVERSEER, its associated documentation and all other material provided to you through the Website are provided "AS IS" and without warranties of any kind either express or implied. By using OVERSEER, its associated documentation and/or any other material provided to you through the Website, you agree that you are using it, and its outputs, at your sole risk and that OVERSEER, its associated documentation, the Website and/or any other material is not a substitute for specialised advice or testing.
6.2 While the Licensors have made all reasonable efforts to ensure that OVERSEER has been properly developed, the Licensors do not make any promises or guarantees that OVERSEER is error, bug or virus free or that OVERSEER or the outputs of OVERSEER are suitable for any particular purpose.
6.3 You acknowledge that OVERSEER has been developed from available New Zealand farming data. No representation is made regarding its applicability in any other country or circumstance not covered by that data.
6.4 While the Licensors have made all reasonable efforts to ensure that:
(c) the OVERSEER online helpdesk is available to Users who have registered an account;
the Licensors cannot guarantee that any of those will be accessible, uninterrupted or that your access will be error-free, or that any files available for download will be error-free or free from viruses, faults or defects.
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6.6 Without limiting the above, to the fullest extent permissible and subject to applicable law, the Licensors disclaim all warranties and representations express or implied, in relation to OVERSEER, the outputs of OVERSEER and any other material provided through the Website including, but not limited to, warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, non infringement, quality or performance and representations regarding correctness, accuracy or reliability.
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6.8 By using any version of OVERSEER other than the most currently version(s) available through the OVERSEER Website, you acknowledge that any such version may: have date expiry restrictions, have errors, conflict with other software or hardware, produce results that are inconsistent with the most current scientific knowledge and may not provide for some nutrient management practices that may be taken into account in the latest version.
7.1 The Licensors reserve the right, at their sole and unfettered discretion, to restrict or terminate use of OVERSEER by you, any person or organisation for any reason at any time.
7.2 Without limiting clause 7.1, the Licensors may immediately terminate your licence to download and/or use OVERSEER if you:
(c) use OVERSEER in a way which the Licensors consider may put either OVERSEER or any of the Licensors into disrepute.
7.3 Any termination of your rights to use OVERSEER pursuant to clauses 7.1 or 7.2 shall be notified to you in writing either personally and/or via a notice on the Website.
7.4 The Licensors shall be entitled to discontinue OVERSEER at any time and at which point your rights under these Terms and Conditions shall be deemed to have terminated.
7.5 Upon termination for any reason:
(c) you must immediately delete or remove OVERSEER from all computer equipment in your possession and immediately destroy or return to the Licensors (at the Licensors’ option) all copies of OVERSEER then in your possession, custody or control and, in the case of destruction, certify to the Licensors that you have done so.
8.1 In no circumstances shall the Licensors be liable to you under or in connection with these Terms and Conditions, or in connection with OVERSEER, the Website, including any advice contained in the website, or any associated documentation provided to you,, in any circumstance whatsoever (including termination of your rights under these Terms and Conditions), whether in contract, tort (including for negligence) or otherwise, including for any:
(d) loss of or damage to data.
If, notwithstanding clause 8.1, the Licensors or any of them are found liable under or in connection with these Terms and Conditions, or in connection with OVERSEER, the Website or any associated documentation by an authority of competent jurisdiction, then all of the Licensors' total aggregate liability to you and all those claiming through you shall not exceed $1,000.
9.1 The web-based version of OVERSEER allows you to store data you input to, and generate from the use of, OVERSEER. Any data you store on the servers comprising part of OVERSEER will belong to you.
9.2 You grant the Licensors an irrevocable, royalty free, transferable and world wide licence to use the data you store on the servers pursuant to clause 9.1 and any data generated by your use of OVERSEER for the purposes of testing, assessing, operating, maintaining and improving OVERSEER and the OVERSEER experience.
9.3 There are risks with storing data on computers. The Licensors take no responsibility whatsoever for any damage suffered in respect of data or information stored on the OVERSEER servers or your computer, including any corruption, loss or infection of such data or information.
9.4 You are responsible for backing up any data you store on the servers or on your own computer.
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