Cropping

Timaru ploughman off to Germany

Bob Mehrtens, winner of the reversible competition at the NZ Ploughing contest at Kirwee, Canterbury

Ploughing stalwart Bob Mehrtens from Timaru will represent New Zealand at the world ploughing contest

Water users face new regime with trepidation

Lake Opuha is 100 per cent per cent full, after a period when inflows were higher than outflows.

Ecan is reviewing minimum flow and potential water allocation restrictions in the Fairlie Basin. This is making some water users nervous.

Vege prices rocket after floods

The wet weather has meant extensive damage to crops and higher vege prices for customers.

Storms wipe out green vegetable crops, causing shortages across the country.

Farmers should bite the bullet, get consented

Lime is sprayed over a farm alongside Lake Ellesmere on a strong northerly day, blowing the lime into the lake.

Farmers must see consented farming in a positive light, says arable farmer Dave Birkett.

Farmers jubilant over rain at last

Lynda Murchison, president of North Canterbury Federated Farmers says everyone got a "good dollop" of rain.

After three years of drought struggles, North Canterbury farmers are relieved to see rain fall.

Zespri takes golden bids

Gold3, the new gold kiwifruit setting export records is more tolerant to Psa, has more complex flavours, is bigger and ...

The latest sale of Zespri gold licences reflects the high level of confidence in the industry.

To be or not to be GE-free

Hawke's Bay organic grower John Bostock says GE-free status is a "huge opportunity" for the local agricultural economy.

Councils can declare themselves GE-free after Maori Party says it forced Nick Smith to back down, but confusion remains.

Illegal China kiwifruit claim

Gold3, the new gold kiwifruit setting export records.

Zespri believes kiwifruit plant material was sent to China from NZ illegally to grow gold varieties.

Wineries brace for Debbie

Cyclone Debbie afternoon

Nelson winemakers are racing to save their vintage as the cyclone threatens to destroy grapes still on the vine.

NZ breaks wheat growing record

Ashburton arable farmer Eric Watson has broken the world wheat growing record.

Record set by NZ farmers has been accepted into the Guinness Book of Records.

Flippin' great results

The Smeiths used their flipped paddocks for cropping, with the first one staying lush and green throughout summer.

A soil flipping technique paved the way for great fodder beet cropping.

From grapes to fruit?

The company sold its Auckland winery to dairy producer Sutton Group in June last year.

Two large vineyards in Hawke's Bay face an uncertain future as their Australian owner wine puts them on the market.

Bumper kiwifruit season boosts EastPack

SunGold variety kiwifruit volumes are on the rise.

 Plentiful kiwifruit has provided a boost for packer EastPack's returns.

Family plants 17,000 trees on farm

Charlie and Helen Lea of Cambridge are the supreme winner of the Waikato Farm Environment Awards.

Waikato's top environmental farmers are Charlie and Helen Lea.

Kiwifruit China-bound

Asian Adonis captain Bernardo D. Ocampo, with part of the first shipment of kiwifruit for the season, due to leave for ...

It hasn't been a record kiwifruit harvest, but considering this summer's below par weather, it hasn't been a bad result.

Royal radiata in Hawke's Bay

Ridgemount farm in Hawke's Bay has been sold to an Austrian countess.

It's given its name to a beer, a city and some European towns - and now a New Zealand forest.

Kiwifruit growers vote for levy

NZ Kiwifruit Growers CEO Nikki Johnson.

Kiwifruit growers have given a strong signal they want the work of their lobby group to continue.

Forestry should be more loved

New Zealand's plantation forests are being whittled away at the rate of 13,000 hectares a year and replacement planting ...

Forestry is worth a significant amount to the economy, but is under valued.

FEP workshop appreciated by farmers

James Hoburn of Beef +Lamb New Zealand conducts a farm environment plan workshop at the Woodbury Hall for a bunch of ...

A group of South Canterbury farmers gets together to take part in a farm environment plan workshop.

Angel investors sought for apple robots

A robotic apple packer developed by Robotics Plus.

Mundane apple packing can finally be replaced by robots.

Mesh messes with pests

The Lincoln University Future Farming Centre head Charles Merfield, centre, among plots of mesh-covered potatoes. Using ...

Scientists at Lincoln University have found a fine mesh will protect potatoes from pests.

Farmers urged to attend meeting on change

Dairy cows graze in front of the Clandeboye dairy factory. High nitrate levels have been found  in the wells in this ...

South Canterbury farmers are urged to attend a meeting in Fairlie to learn the outcomes of a water investigation.

The tiny apple that could

Phil Alison developed the concept of the Rockit brand.

Not much bigger than a golf ball, the Rockit apple sold in plastic cylinders has taken off.

NZ overtakes Aussies in wine stakes

New Yorkers try a taste of New Zealand wine at a recent fair.

New Zealand is in the big league of wine exporters to the US.

Prestigious scholarship goes to Lincoln student

Sarah Lockhart, winner of the Ravensdown Hugh Williams Scholarship 2017, is a second-year ag-commerce student at Lincoln ...

Lincoln university student Sarah Lockhart is the latest recipient of a Ravensdown scholarship.

Plan ahead and plant carefully

John Hayward and Susan O'Regan have planted about 30,000 native trees on their dairy farm over the past eight years ...

There is a right way and a wrong way of planting trees, John Simmons says.

Nasty pest found in Canterbury

The red clover casebearer moth has been found in a clover crop in Mid Canterbury.

The red clover casebearer moth has been found in Mid-Canterbury, but its effect on clover seed production is unknown.

Velvetleaf back on farmer hit list

Velvetleaf has the potential to devastate other crops if it becomes established.

Farmers need to continue to look for velvetleaf in their fodder beet crops.

Carrfields link for no till drill

(from left) Dr John Baker, CEO/Chairman of Baker No-Tillage, Bill Ritchie, General Manager, Baker No-Tillage, Guy ...

The Feilding developers of a cross slot drill have teamed up with Carrfields.

Pilot rises to challenge

Robinson sprays fire retardant on the hill above Kennedy's Bush during his efforts to help fight the Port Hills fire.

Top-dressing pilot says fighting Port Hills fires "not that different to everyday work".

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