How can I learn more? 

OVERSEER requires a good knowledge of farm systems and an understanding of data input requirements to generate reliable budgets.  The website includes a Technical Description of OVERSEER that provides a general summary of the tool and its science engine for people new to OVERSEER. We are currently developing a new user interface to improve the applications usability and will provide training material for this.

Sustainable Nutrient Management Short Courses

Comprehensive training for those using OVERSEER regularly is available through the sustainable nutrient management courses provided by the Fertiliser and Lime Research Centre. These courses use OVERSEER to illustrate principles in nutrient management.  People attending these courses are expected to be familiar with the OVERSEER application.

Massey University, Lincoln University and Waikato University include OVERSEER as a part of their undergraduate agricultural degree courses.

Finding advice

The generation of "what if" nutrient budget scenarios requires a good understanding of the impacts of changes in farm practices on production, which can be provided by trained professionals. Nutrient budgets required for industry reporting or compliance purposes may also have requirements around who can produce them.

Professionals with OVERSEER expertise will generally hold the advanced Sustainable Nutrient Management certificate from Massey University and may be a certified Nutrient Management Adviser. The Nutrient Management Adviser Certification Programme  website has a list of individual advisers (including their email addresses).