Cropping

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".

These guys know their onions

Supervisor Kitja Santanut oversees 19 workers from Thailand to harvest onion flower heads by hand in Marlborough.

A Marlborough onion grower's decision to use people, not machines, to harvest this year's crop is paying off.

Tobacco growing's last gasp

Motueka Valley's Laurie Jury with what could be his last tobacco crop.

A Motueka tobacco grower reckons he's being shut down by legislation changes.

Clock ticking for Hunter Downs

The current proposed scheme infrastructure takes water from the Waitaki River via the existing Morven Glenavy Irrigation ...

The call is out for capital to get the Hunter Downs irrigation scheme off the ground.

Apples up to $6 a kilo

Apple prices are sky high at the moment.

An apple a day may keep the doctor away - but they may also hurt your pocket.

Highs and lows for crop-dusters

Persistent nor'westers have made crop dusting and spraying difficult for topdressing pilots this summer.

Aerial top dressing pilots in North Canterbury are battling strong nor'west winds.

Two women in young farmer final

Sam Heaven competing in 2010.

Ellish Norrie and Megan Hands will be up against the men in the Tasman regional final of the Young Farmer of the Year.

Huge blueberry, huge potential

Some extra large blueberries should be ready for export this spring. They will most likely not be immediately available ...

A blueberry company has high hopes for a new supersized berry.

Farmers on a knife-edge

North Canterbury rain hasn't penetrated more than three inches into the ground for three years.

Some farmers struggle as parched North Canterbury heads for a 4th year of drought, while others reap the rewards.

Zespri expands in Europe

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

Zespri is investing substantially into European gold kiwifruit production in order to boost global year-round sales.

Farmer competition hotting up for final

Arjan Van't Klooster is tipped to win the regional final on February 24. Here he tries floral decoration with fiance ...

A 25-year-old farm owner is among the favourites for the Aorangi Young Farmer of the Year competition.

GM grasses off to US testing

AgResearch scientist Greg Bryan works with some of the GM grasses developed at Grasslands in preparation for overseas ...

Higher yielding genetically modified ryegrasses that are easier on the environment will be tested offshore next year.

Going Dutch on avocados

Avocados are one of New Zealand's most valuable horticultural exports. The Ministry for Primary Industries predicts ...

A Dutch company is one of the partners in a proposed jumbo avocado orchard near Kaipara Harbour.

Managing nitrogen for better water

Left unchecked, excess nitrogen promotes nuisance weed and algal growth in streams and rivers.

OPINION: The proposed Healthy Rivers Plan Change 1 seeks to manage four contaminants in Waikato's waterways; nitrogen, phosphorus, sediment and bacteria.

Maize crops need hot spell

Waikato's maize crops are back slightly on last year due to the cooler summer.

A warm February should help Waikato's maize crops catch up after a slow start to the season.

Hay making a mixed bag

Marlborough harvest contractors have had share of hot dry weather and rain.

Baleage tonnages were up about 30 per cent in northern Marlborough but the overall quality was poor.

Nasty black-grass outbreak

Black grass has distinctive dark purple seedheads

The invasive weed black-grass has showed up again in Mid Canterbury.

Weather bomb hurts harvest

Federated Farmers arable industry group vice-chairperson Colin Hurst had no damage to crops from Thursday's wind.

A weather bomb did South Canterbury farmers no favours with reports of crop damage on the eve of harvesting.

Greenpeace wrong on irrigation project

The proposed scheme plans to take water when the Hurunui River is in good flow and use that for irrigation in dry periods.

Greenpeace has got it wrong regarding the proposed Hurunui irrigation scheme, say project backers.

Cool summer hits honey harvest

It is too early to know what impact a poor season will have on consumer honey prices.

The cool summer weather had made it tough going for beekeepers and may see honey prices lift further.

Going for gold in Hawke's Bay

Gold on the vine - the popular SunGold kiwifruit variety.

The sale of a kiwifruit property in Hawke's Bay is a record for New Zealand according to the agents.

No tears in lead up to onion harvest

A sea of flower heads in an onion field near Renwick, Marlborough

All the signs are pointing to a good harvest for Marlborough onion seed grower Rob Harrison-Jones.

Calling all turnip growers

Taranaki Federated Farmers office manager Jessie Waite with the Richmond Trophy, awarded for Meat and Wool Farmer of the ...

Trophies that haven't seen the light of day for around 80 years will be now presented to a new generation of competitors.

Cherry charters hit the skies

Tonnes of New Zealand cherries and lobsters are being flown to Asia in time for Chinese New Year.

Singapore Airlines puts on four charter flights to get hundreds of tonnes of South Island cherries to Asia in time for Chinese New Year.

Pox fails to lay farmer low

Mackenzie Country farmer Andrew Hurst farms his high country property largely on his own.

High country farmer Andrew Hurst isn't letting chickenpox stop him from lifting his farm's productivity.

Healthy Rivers plan change unworkable

Healthy Rivers Plan For Change's 80 year time frame is too long, says Angus Robson.

Save Lake Karapiro president Angus Robson says the Waikato Regional Council's Healthy Rivers plan change contains major flaws.

'Ripper' season for southern contractors

hay making is underway in Taranaki

Farmers are taking advantage of a glorious summer in the south.

Waikato's top four environmental farmers

Bob Rigter, shown with Waikato Regional Council sustainable agriculture advisor Bala Tikkisetty, is a finalist in the ...

 A mix of drystock and dairy farmers are finalists in the Farm Environment Awards.

Afghanistan farmers above Mt Cook

Barley fields ripen in the arid Wakhan Corridor of Northern Afghanistan. Crops rely on flood irrigation from ancient ...

OPINION: Comparing our farming system with that of northern Afghanistan puts our worries in perspective.

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