Farmer Freddy is finishing hanging the last of the decorations on his tree when Pebbles turns up.
The average dairy farmer spends $80,000 year, the sheep and beef farmer about $60,000, on fertiliser - a total of $1.5 billion a year.
Fire authorities want farmers to think of their neighbours before they set the first match to 20,000 hectares of crop stubble in Mid-Canterbury next year.
If you're in the habit of averaging pay out over a season, you're likely to be doing something unlawful.
Despite the temptation, Freddy needs to remind himself of the consequences of paying cash to casual workers.
Taranaki organisations are pitching to teachers and students the opportunities available for a career in agriculture.
Farmer Freddy is sitting with Pebbles at the kitchen table, looking through the real estate section of the newspaper.
Flystrike affects millions of sheep and kills hundreds of thousands annually.
OPINION: Farmers running the risk of court action from employees over unlawful seasonal "averaging" of salaries that breaches the Minimum Wage Act.
Tricky ground conditions are testing truck drivers spreading fertiliser on farmland as they seek to avoid a repeat of last year's terrible toll.
Routine regrassing of older dairy paddocks on high-performing irrigated farms may not always be cost effective.
Rural contractors urged to keep up to date with regulation changes governing work hours and use of public highways to avoid falling foul of the law.
Understanding likely future environmental constraints is a key issue for farmers to consider when installing irrigation.
New research reveals there is no "one size fits all" when looking at what is needed to make new irrigation pay.
Don't take a haircut due to Fringe Benefit Tax costs on farm vehicles.
Getting a LIM report before buying a property is advised, but why and what sort of information does it include?
Freddy does very little work on the farm after taking on a 50/50 sharemilker, so why is he still paying ACC levies?
OPINION: The innovations marquee is my favourite place at the Fieldays. I can spend hours there quite happily.
OPINION: I find it disappointing that Work and Income New Zealand persists in using the agriculture and horticulture sectors as a dumping ground for unskilled labour.
OPINION: The news is all good for the rural economy, according to economists' crystal balls. But we all know how that can change.
It's that time of year when farmers flock to Mystery Creek, looking for the innovations and bargains.
OPINION: Farms are multimillion-dollar businesses and a broad range of skills is required.
OPINION: Freddy Farmer finally buckles to technology after a visit from his 21-year-old nephew.
OPINION: While Fonterra farmers should take heart from last week's good news, we all must try to live within our means.
OPINION: It is time Hawke's Bay ended the annual rainfall lottery, writes Bruce Wills.
OPINION: Those staunch southerners, they just can't abide all that jibber-jabber. Grunt your piece, then shut up and have a Speight's.
OPINION: Moving house may be one of life's most stressful events, but for sharemilkers it can be an annual occurrence.
OPINION: After a difficult season, some events now allow us to showcase and celebrate some of our industry successes.
OPINION: The drought's impact will be most severe on beef and lamb farms.
OPINION: Having control of the market is a very seductive idea. Most of us have wondered how profitable and simple life would be if we just had the chance to be in control.
OPINION: The ''internet of things'' is not a network, but a new buzz phrase describing the growing use of network-connected embedded microprocessors, often connected to sensors or other data-gathering instruments.
OPINION: Self-interest seems to be pervading our formerly close-knit rural communities.
OPINION: The recent auditor-general's report clearly shows that we are not ready for an outbreak of foot- and-mouth disease.
OPINION: Tax experts are key to averting disaster when selling your farm.
Farmers often ask if they should reduce phosphate fertiliser inputs when finances are tight.
OPINION: I was initially concerned when LIC said it had isolated a gene linked to small calf syndrome.
Farms can only recover from drought if farmers are at their peak, physically and mentally.
Better agribusiness models needed to help farmers get through stress like droughts.
OPINION: It's hard not to feel cynical about the drive for meat industry reform in recent weeks.
The Taranaki Rural Support Trust wants to broaden its membership beyond Federated Farmers.
Drought-hit farmers need to keep talking to their banks through the hard times.
Drought has a major impact on farm incomes, right now and for months to come.
People are not immune to the sting of drought.
The drought hurts soils and plants, animals and rivers. It also hurts people.
OPINION: Extreme weather events are putting farmers under immense stress. They need your help.
OPINION: Future droughts due to climate change challenge the lifestyle expectations of all Kiwis.
OPINION: Waikato has finally had the rain we have been waiting three months for.
OPINION: It appears good progress is being achieved deploying the components required for the Government's Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI).
OPINION: You'd think we'd had enough past dry seasons for farmers to be prepared for the next.
OPINION: You could be forgiven for thinking the only dairy breed in New Zealand is holstein-friesian.