Silage made easy

Garth McVicar's balerator version 3 is ready for use this summer.

A project to perfect the art of making silage is starting to come together for a farmer who enjoys time tinkering in his workshop.

Maize silage prices expected to fall

Maize silage prices are expected to drop this year due to the fall in milk prices, which caused dairy farmers to cut costs.

Arable farmers growing maize silage for the dairy industry could be in for a tough year season with prices expected to take a dive.

Carrot supervisor takes grower title

Young Grower of the Year Hamish Gates.

Carrot washline supervisor Hamish Gates is New Zealand's Young Grower of the Year.

Future looking rosy for apple industry

Minister of Primary Industries Nathan Guy, left, chairman of Motueka Fruitgrowers Association Simon Easton, Enza operations manager Steve Moriarty and Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne inspect snapped trees and ripped hail nets in Riwaka after last year's hail.

Growers look to third year of positive returns on back of improved export markets and volume growth.

Seduced by fertile soils

Otama farmer Mike Solari in his crop of Inferno wheat earlier this year.

Southland farmer Mike Solari is focused on breaking a world wheat record.

Costly weed resistance warning

Foundation for Arable Research's research dirctor Nick Poole, left, with Mid-Canterbury arable farmer Eric Watson. Poole says New Zealand growers have 15 years up their sleeves to deal with weed resistance to agrichemicals.

NZ's arable farmers warned to be careful in avoiding a resistance to agrichemicals.

Long term approach yields results

Award winning Waikato maize grower Alan Henderson with his silverware.

Alan Henderson looks at the long term picture when it comes to achieving higher crop yields on his Pirongia farm.

Hemp seed food standard closer

Hemp seed food sales remain on the horizon following discussions between New Zealand and Australian food safety ministers in January.

New Zealand could adopt a food standard for the sale of hemp seed products in the next 12-18 months.

Young fruit grower of the year named

Canaan Balck, 24, participates in the Nelson Young Fruit Grower 2015 competition.

A Waimea fruit grower has taken out the title of Nelson Young Fruit Grower 2015.

Black beetle surge warning

The recent cold snap was unlikely to have affected black beetle numbers in the Waikato.

Next summer the black beetle will be back and it's going to be more devastating than usual.

Crop yields hold up on shrinking land

Warren Darling credits favourable weather, growing management changes and a great team behind him for breaking the world record for the highest yielding barley crop.

Cropping farmers are managing to maintain much the same grain yields as five years ago on a shrinking land base.

New grain, seed chairman wants to do his bit

Mike Porter, the new Federated Farmers grain and seed chairman for South Canterbury.

Lyalldale mixed cropping farmer Mike Porter claims he's "mildly obsessive compulsive."

Vege planting postponed again

Woodhaven Gardens manager John Clarke.

Vegetable growers in Kapiti and Horowhenua have been hit by wet weather for the second year in a row.

Exports put shine on apple crop

Motueka Fruitgrowers Association chairman Simon Easton says growers are ``pretty positive'' about potential returns from this season's fruit.

Improved international markets lift apple exporters' hopes from February's doom and gloom.

Select avocado growers make good returns

New Zealand avocados on display in a Woolworths supermarket in Sydney where they have been fetching a premium.

Avocado growers who use Seeka Kiwifruit Industries as their packer have received much higher prices for their exports than others in the industry, the company says.

Aussie invention wins big

Western Australia farmer and bush engineer Ray Harrington, next to a prototype model of the Harrington Seed Destructor.

An Aussie grower's crushing invention has won a major international award for helping farmers get around weed resistance against herbicides.

Kiwis set world barley yield record

South Canterbury farmers Warren and Joy Darling and their family celebrate their record barley yield.

South Canterbury couple break 25-year-old world record for the highest yielding barley crop.

Sustainability 'comes from the heart'

The de Jong family, winners of the supreme award at the Waikato Farm Environment Awards. From left, Talbert de Jong and partner Emily Meese Tineke, Simone and Frans de Jong.

Farming sustainably comes from the heart, award-winning farmer Frans de Jong says.

Orchard wins top farming award

Supreme winners of the Waikato Farm Environment Awards (from left) Tineke and Frans  de Jong, Emily Meese and Talbert de Jong.

Matamata-based Southern Belle Orchards are the supreme winners of the 2015 Waikato Farm Environment Awards.

Dealing weeds a crushing blow

Western Australia farmer and bush engineer Ray Harrington, next to a prototype model of the Harrington Seed Destructor, opted for a crushing device to deal with weed seeds.

Frustrated Aussie farmer borrows coal mining technology to come up with a weed seed destructor.

Moet maker on why NZ has it good video

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 09:  Bottles of Moet champagne are seen at the bar on day one of the three day Grand National meeting at Aintree racecourse on April 09, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

And on why you should probably not cellar your Champagne.

Demand for heirloom tomatoes growing

Anthony and Angela pick a selection for their local farmers’ market.

An Auckland couple eschews commercial tomato growing for an heirloom harvest and an artisan lifestyle.

Growing kiwifruit the Italian way

171012 News Photo: Laura McKoy/Cambridge Edition. Gold Kiwifruit supplies are running low as more kiwifruit orchards test positive for PSA-V. Photo: SUPPLIED

The Mafia is just one of the hazards that Zespri's European supply manager Callum Kay has to be aware of.

Grapes give 'one in 10-year' vintage

Viticultura worker Donald Naplan harvests Central Otago pinot noir grapes in "luxurious" late autumn conditions.

Central Otago is enjoying a "one-in-10-year" vintage, a viticulture provider says.

Kiwifruit heads off to Japan


The first of the new season's kiwifruit set sail for Japan yesterday, with Zespri predicting volumes will be back to pre-Psa levels this year.

Praying for good news

Women from Vanuatu at the Motueka Sunday market. From left, Annie Rueben,
Ariane Kalsrap, Anika John and Renee Jack.

Nelson's orchard workers from Vanuatu face an anxious wait for news after Cyclone Pam devastated the island nation.

Dry produces good quality apples

Picking apples at Levels are Hong Kong bank worker Aloha Ngai, top, and merchandiser Kelly Kwan. The pair are taking a working holiday in New Zealand.

Dry weather is providing a helping hand to a local orchard months after hail wrecked up to half its crop.

Kiwifruit on the rebound

Zespri's Hort3 gold variety of kiwifruit.

ZespriI chief executive Lain Jager is in no doubt about the benefits of the kiwifruit single seller model.

Grapes hit by mildew

An example of powdery mildew on grapes.

A disease that grows on grapes and leaves has forced some Marlborough growers to walk away from their crops.

World record bid falls short

Mike Solari a 73 yr old farmer from Otama hopes his current wheat crop will beat his own Guinness World Record of 15.636 tonnes of wheat per/ha which he harvested on his Otama farm back in March 2010

An unusually long dry period may have prevented a Southland farmer from beating his own world record.

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