Whirr of warm air fends off frost

Helicopters, sprinklers keep vines from freezing

Frost sprinklers

At least 10 helicopters have rumbled around Marlborough protecting vineyards from frost damage.

Farmer's hand minced in machine

St John's Ambulance

Man yelled for help for 90 minutes before managing to text a friend after getting caught in wheat auger.

Wine subsidies outrage

Jacob's Creek

New Zealand wine companies are ratcheting up their use of an Australian government rebate.

Stopping the rot

Magic ingredient: Plant & Food Research scientists are working on ways to prevent vegetable spoilage en route to overseas markets.

Two new research projects promising to produce healthier food and boost exports have been granted funding.

Yachts targeted in fruit fly fight

Queensland fruit fly

Yachts arriving in Northland from overseas will face greater biosecurity scrutiny to keep out a devastating pest.

Onion secrets shared


Eat your onions, because they contain many health-giving compounds.

Seeds of optimism

Carrots in flower for seed

Canterbury's arable farmers are scanning the horizon for more mild weather to get crops in the ground this spring after a wet autumn sowing.

Delays frustrate hemp growers

Kina Beach Vineyard.

Seed growers are fed up with continued delays limiting them from growing hemp for the 2014/15 season and developing a vibrant industry.

Hawke's Bay grower wins

A Hawke's Bay grape grower has won the Champion Wine of the Show at this year's Romeo Bragato Wine Awards.

A head for potatoes

Moutoa potato farmer Tony Parlato

Tony Parlato knows a bit about growing potatoes. He has been in the business for almost 20 years.

Organic berry market grows

Organic blueberry growers Robert and Shannon Auton have supply agreements with American farms.

Award-winning organic berry and icecream company has just taken another major step in its export strategy.

Winegrower conference global affair

grapes for wine

Viticulturists, winemakers, and marketers from all over the world will soon arrive in Blenheim.

Conveyor belt snags woman's hair

Westpac Rescue Helicopter

Young woman seriously injured after getting her hair tangled at vegetable processing plant.

Seeka profit rebounds


A bumper harvest and new business opportunities help push up first-half profit of the kiwifruit company.

Price of cereal grain buoyant

Harvester in action in Canterbury field.

A limited carry-over of feed grain from last harvest is keeping up domestic demand and prices.

Northlander takers Young Grower crown

patrick malley

Kiwifruit and avocado specialist Patrick Malley was named Young Grower of the Year last night.

The world's smallest apple


Kiwi-grown Rockits are officially the tiniest apple in the world.

Apples go like a rocket

 Phil Alison of Rockit Apples.

Taiwan is one of New Zealand's leading apple markets.

Shortages predicted

Harvester at work.

Farmers will be hoping for favourable conditions in coming weeks to get a backlog of crops in the ground.

Beekeepers concerned


Government report on the health of NZ's honey bees contains mistakes, National Beekeepers' Association says.

Generations of growing

Vegetable garden, lettuce

The third generation of Gordon Sue's family is tilling the soil and growing vegetables in Horowhenua.

How much are our bees worth?


Bees are worth $5.1 billion to the New Zealand economy each year, but all is not well with them.

Kelp is on the way

Roger Beattie

Farmer and entrepreneur Roger Beattie has a new eco-farming idea for kelp seaweed.

Nautilus toasts global success

Sekope Lopeti

Within 30 years, Nautilus Estate has grown from an ambitious idea to a world-renowned premium wine brand.

Wineries expand to meet demand

St Peter Chanel church

Business is booming at Marlborough wineries, with several expanding to meet increased demand.

Que syrah syrah

Wine sales

NZ can claim another victory over Australians - British wine drinkers prefer our vino to theirs.

Seeds rendered worthless

Carrots in flower for seed

Some Canterbury farmers are facing big losses after bad weather ruined their seed crops.

Farmers feel drinking change


Fewer people are drinking beer and farmers are getting a hangover.

Hemp touted as crop


Farmers growing a variety of cannabis could take Southland's economy to new highs.

Residues in fruit, vegetables


New study finds the presence of neonicatinoid residues in many fruit, vegetables and pollen in the US and NZ.

Maize options highlighted


Maize silage is the cheapest option for dairy farmers to add extra feed to cows, a supplier says.

Soil mapping tech steps forward

Smart Ag Solutions general manager Seaun Lovell

Four cropping farmers were so smitten with the precision of a soil sampling machine that they brought it back with them from the US.

Grower lauds 'wonder fuel'

Matthew Malcolm

Sugar beet touted as the new wonder fuel by grower who is now harvesting sugar beet for the dairy market.

Apple exporter seeks new money


Scales Corporation plans to sell shares to the public in the hopes of raising up to $187 million.

Funds boost for NZ avocados


Taranaki Daily News

The avocado industry has been given a boost with the signing of a partnership deal between the Avocado Industry Council and the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Getting in the olive groove

Helen Meehan of Olivo olives in Martinborough

Olive grower credits work colleagues at Telecom for instilling the necessary marketing nous to make business a success.

Kiwifruit bounces back


Kiwifruit volumes are bouncing back after the devastating Psa disease which wreaked havoc on orchards following its arrival in 2010.

Horowhenua a vege bowl


A tour of some of market gardens has given movers and shakers more insight into the importance of vegetable crops to Horowhenua.

Fruit trees replace sheep


Earnscleugh fruit grower Wayne McIntosh is passionate about growing top quality fruit and marketing it for the greatest possible return.

Old apple tree has experts stumped


Horticulturists are puzzled at the survival skills of an ancient apple tree.

Scales Corp to list


The apple marketer will issue a prospectus mid-month with a listing expected in late July.

Organic farmer loses GM fight

Organic farmer Steve Marsh has lost his court case against neighbour Michael Baxter over GM crop contamination.

In a landmark court decision, a judge has ruled against a West Australian organic farmer who was suing his neighbour for allegedly contaminating his farm with genetically modified canola.

Better farming boosts harvest

Cows, grain

Grain yields have grown by 108,000 tonnes since 2008, which would be worth an extra $43 million today.

Big wet bugs grain growers

South Canterbury flooding

Frustrated grain growers are resigned to missing out on planting autumn sown crops because of boggy conditions.

Nitrate limit called too strict

tukituki river

Growers and orchardists would struggle to keep to the nutrient limits set for the Tukitiki River, HortNZ says.

Kiwifruit growers bounce back


Psa disease is still a problem but a gold variety offers hope.

Bumper apple harvest lifts value


This year's apple harvest is likely to be down slightly from last year's super crop, with a rising portion going to Asian markets.

Foley makes formal offer for vineyard


Listed wine company Foley Family Wines has made a formal takeover offer for Martinborough Vineyard.

Bumper apple crop tips the Scales

Andy Borland of Scales

Soaring Asian demand for sweet red apples produced a year of bounty for Scales Corporation.

Onions, apples lead lift


New Zealand onions and apples are proving a hit with overseas consumers.

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