Cropping

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.

New slug weapon coming

Slug damaged maize crops at the Foundation for Arable Research's trial site at Tamahere, south of Hamilton.

Farmers may soon have a new weapon in the fight against slug damage in crops.

From bush to market in a day

Picking your own blueberries is a popular activity over the Christmas holidays at Blueberry Country.

New Zealand's largest blueberry producer is picking berries as fast as it can grow them.

NZ savvy makes UK splash

Popular chat show host Graham Norton has set up his own label showcasing New Zealand sauvignon blanc.

It may be the grape that "wine snobs cannot bear", but our sauvignon blanc remains a big hit overseas.

Bales designed to get smiles

The stickered faces on silage bales on the property of Peter and Brenda Honnor have already attracted a bit of attention.

Have you come across this quirky sight on your summer travels?

Zespri's man in Europe

APO packhouse production manager Claudio Silvani with Zespri's head of operations for Europe Craig Thompson.

Zespri's European chief has to balance the demands of the co-operative and needs of growers.

Hail-hit growers protect net profit

Pipfruit New Zealand chairman Ian Palmer  is trialling drape net over two hectares of fruit in the Lower Moutere.

Three consecutive years of heavy hailstorms have seen Tasman pipfruit growers erect nets to protect their crops.

Back to business for Fairlie farmer winners

It's back to business for South Island Farmer of the year winners, Neil and Lyn Campbell of Middle Valley.

Its business as usual for Middle Valley farmers Neil and Lyn Campbell after winning the South Island Farmer of the Year award.

Velvetleaf leaf numbers unchanged

The invasive weed velvetleaf should start to be appearing on Waikato farmland.

 Waikato farmers have been told to keep an eye out for new signs of velvetleaf this summer.

Farmers head to court over plan change

Six primary industry groups including Federated Farmers are taking the Waikato Regional Council to court over its ...

Healthy Rivers Plan for Change is headed to the Hamilton High Court.

New avocado variety in orchards

The new tear-drop shaped variety of avocado, the GEM. Seeka is selling plants to growers.

The risks of being over-reliant on one avocado variety have been lessened with the introduction of a new one.

Blueberry season on track

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Warrick Macdonald of Blueberry Country, New Zealand?s largest commercial ...

The season's first blueberries are in shops, and the bulk of the fruit will be ready for Christmas.

Spud growers join biosecurity agreement

Potatoes NZ is the latest industry to sign the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity Readiness and Response. ...

Potatoes NZ has joined 11 other groups in a biosecurity agreement with the Government.

70 hay bales stolen

There was no indication of the method used to take the bales and there appeared to be no witnesses.

They were just sitting in the field, now they're gone. But they're pretty big, so did anyone notice them being pinched?

Hort boom fueled by declining tariffs

The humble onion earns $112 million a year in export earnings. High school student Lincoln Roper, 16, is the youngest ...

While tariffs are reducing, the horticulture industry is facing rising numbers of non-tariff barriers to exports.

Wet spring spears asparagus yield

The fungal disease Phytophthora rot affects the base of the asparagus spear.

A cold and wet spring has North Island asparagus growers in short supply. 

Knotty posts become tyre-some

Vineyard posts being removed to make way for a housing development.

Treated vineyard posts could be reduced to charcoal, then used to make car tyres.

Be informed before deciding on plan change

Farmers can go online to access information on the Healthy Rivers plan change on Federated Farmers' website.

OPINION: Farmers can make a more informed decision on the Healthy Rivers Plan for Change now that Federated Farmers has updated its website.

Rockit apple court wrangle

Phil Alison, the man behind the Rockit apple which is enjoying success in Asian markets in particular.

The Rockit mini-apple has been an export success story, but shareholders have had a falling out.

1000 more overseas workers

Seasonal workers in a Nelson apple packhouse.

'Relief' as Government increases the number of Pacific Islanders eligible to work in orchards and market gardens.

Gold kiwifruit plantings on rise

The last of Zespri’s 67 charter vessels of this season leaves the Port of Tauranga with kiwifruit destined for the ...

Surging SunGold sales have convinced Zespri to grow more of the popular kiwifruit variety.

Plan change uncertainty in rural market

Farmers are delaying decisions to buy property because of uncertainty over the Healthy Rivers plan change.

Confusion around Healthy Rivers Plan for Change is turning people away from buying and selling rural property.

Zespri develops in Middle East

Zespri kiwifruit sold in a Dubai supermarket.

Kiwifruit sales are mounting in the Middle East where local customs must be respected.

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