Agribusiness

Productive land focus urged

Jan Loney and Rick Burke of Pukekauri Farms with the backdrop of  Tauranga Harbour and the bay where Rick loves to surf.

An award-winning farmer is focusing on his most productive land and retiring the rest.

Fruit fly No 8 found in Auckland

A Queensland fruit fly, like those discovered in Auckland.

An eighth fruit fly has been found in Auckland, but MPI say it remains confident the outbreak can be contained.

Waipaoa Station moulds young farm cadets for workforce

Waipaoa Station stock manager Jerry Cook takes over the drafting gate while senior cadet Peter Livingstone, Gisborne, pushes the lambs through.

Cadets from the Gisborne training farm, Waipaoa, are in demand when they graduate with well-honed skills.

Water quality trial 'helping nature along'

American hydrologist Bob Bower is leading the MAR trial in the Hinds Plains area of Mid-Canterbury.

A low-tech approach to replenish and improve water quality in Mid Canterbury's over-allocated and polluted aquifers will be trialled soon.

Irrigators' demands worry anglers

Anglers cast into Lake Taupo.

Salmon anglers are concerned about the effect a proposed irrigation storage lake will have on the Rangitata River.

Turners and Growers hopes take a hit

150513 News photo: Nicola Stewart/Matamata Chronicle. Duncan Payze and Libby Bond, both 9, all set for the Jazz Apple Big Crunch.

Hail storms, a tomato glut and the high dollar all weighed on fruit and vege grower Turners & Growers' profits last year.

Farmers 'broke labour laws'

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Labour inspectors are taking action against a South Canterbury farmer.

Bringing water to make the land lush and alive

Storage pond 7 under construction as part of the Rangitata South Irrigation Scheme. The pond has a 40 hectare footprint and is 8m deep. It can store 2 million cubic metres of irrigation water.

Talk about the irrigation, don't talk about me, says South Canterbury rich-lister Gary Rooney. But the two turn out to be inextricably linked.

Farm vehicle sales get traction

Tractor of the year, the Case IH Magnum 380 CVT.

Buoyed by high dairy prices and good growing conditions, last year farmers bought the largest number of tractors in a decade.

New lake could relieve dry farms

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Dry Awatere Valley.
drought dry generic farm sheep.
Sheep graze on a paddock of turnips
Marama Road.

Plans afoot for man-made lake that could have a long-lasting effect on farming in South Canterbury.

Roundup deal readies PGW

PGG Wrightson chief executive Mark Dewdney.

PGG Wrightson is dabbling with wholesaling product to its competitors, including the world's biggest-selling weedkiller.

Fifth fruit fly found

A Queensland fruit fly, like those discovered in Auckland.

A fifth Queensland fruit fly has been found in Auckland today.

New storage lake needed

Rangitata Diversion Race Management chief executive Ben Curry says drought has made the case for a large water storage pond more compelling.

A man-made lake that could hold enough water to fill 12,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools is planned to supply more reliable irrigation in Canterbury.

Early harvest for some grape growers

This vineyard in the Awatere Valley hints at the dry conditions grapegrowers have faced heading into this year's harvest.

Marlborough winemakers and viticulturists are closely monitoring sugar levels in their grapes as they prepare for an early harvest.

North's grape harvest off 'to a good start'

GRAPE EXPECTATIONS: Kerikeri vineyard owner Mike Endean has the perfect spot for growing grapes.

Some of the first wine grapes to be picked this year hail from a micro-vineyard in the Far North.

Growing fruit fly risk 'inevitable' video

A Queensland fruit fly, like those discovered in Auckland.

PM dismisses criticism of NZ’s biosecurity standards after another fruit fly is found.

Fruit fly find hitting fruit, vege sellers

A Queensland fruit fly, like those discovered in Auckland.

Businesses within Auckland's fruit fly exclusion zone are being advised to keep a log of any losses they might make as a result of the biosecurity breach.

Invention to lower quad bike accidents

Lifesaver: Flatpak entrepreneurs Kryten Vlug, Alysha Terrizzi, Anika Bayly and Emily Tasker.

A team of young entrepreneurs believes their invention may help to reduce quad bike accidents and provide farmers with an innovative storage solution.

Asparagus growers get chop

Growth strategy: Two-year crowns will give you a small crop in two years time.

Heinz Watties has stopped taking New Zealand-grown asparagus for canning in favour of cheaper Peruvian product.

Pressure on meat works

Farming. PHOTO: SANDIE FINNIE/FAIRFAXNZ
Just weaned Waidale lambs

The Silver Fern Farms plant at Pareora has been in overdrive to handle livestock offloaded from farms.

Patoa pig farm is a huge operation

The extensive pig growing facility at Patoa Farms in Hawarden, owned by the Sterne family, Pigs are raised in giant open barns to the desired size.

Judged by any statistic, Patoa Farms in North Canterbury is an impressive operation.

Large high-country station on the market

Craigieburn and Grassmere stations have five lakes including Lake Pearson on land leased by the University of Canterbury.

International interest expected as nearly 10,000 hectares of Canterbury high country farmland goes on sale for the first time in nearly 100 years.

At home on NZ's largest free-farmed pig enterprise

Outdoor pigs reared in their forestry and paddock blocks at the Sterne family’s Patoa farm operation in Hawarden, Canterbury.

The Sterne family know all about the perception and reality of rearing pigs outdoors.

Vineyards cry out for water

DRYING OUT: Andrew "Sock" Sixtus.

Millions of litres of water is being delivered to distressed vineyard owners.

Police hope new vehicle is an 'a-tractor'

The police tractor in its natural habitat.

Police have unveiled what they think is an appropriate weapon in the fight against rural crime.

Farmers urged to take TB threat seriously

Amanda Jordan

Frustratingly low turnout to TBfree meeting results in warning to farmers to take the threat of the disease seriously.

High cost of cheap grazing

Dairy heifers should gain 330kg over 17 months.

Lost production, fertility losses and herd replacements may cost farmers more than three times the saving they make when they buy cheap grazing.

Fruit fly find will not affect big Auckland events

LOCKDOWN: Signs warn Aucklanders of the fruit and vegetable restrictions in several central suburbs.

Black Caps' World Cup cricket match and Pasifika cultural festival to go ahead as normal despite being inside fruit fly exclusion zone .

Why are we so afraid of the fruit fly?

A Queensland fruit fly, like those discovered in Auckland.

Who is Bactrocera tryoni or the Queensland fruit fly?

Skellerup profit falls on Aus mining decline

Skellerup new Wigram rubber plant, artist's impression

Agricultural and industrial equipment maker saw interim profit slide 10 per cent.

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