Cropping

Has the pea weevil already bolted?

The pea weevil was found in the Wairarapa in March. If not eradicated, could cause economic damage to New Zealand.

Farmers say the devastating pea weevil may have made it to other parts of the North Island.

Participants needed for agrichemical study

Massey University is undertaking a study on the health effects of pesticides.

The effect of agrichemicals on the health of people who apply them is the subject of a Massey University study.

Fruit to the fore

Chinese consumers have shown an increased liking for kiwifruit, to judge by the latest trade figures.

A lift in the value of fruit exports has helped offset falling dairy receipts over the past year.

Roxburgh grower places third

Roxburgh fruit grower Jack Gilchrist competes in a pruning activity in the Central Otago Young Fruit Grower competition.

A Central Otago orchardist has been awarded third place at a national young grower competition.

Sowing the seed for 2017 Taranaki Ballance awards

Taranaki Ballance Farm Environment Awards Trust chairman, Alistair Abbott, of  Eltham.

Organisers of a prestigious Taranaki farm environment contest say prospective entrants have nothing to lose.

Spring merits of sub clover

Subterranean clover is usually used as stock feed in warm climates.

Sub clover provides good feed in spring for a South Otago farming couple.

Know your beekepers

Bees can fly several kilometres to feed, but there is a limit to how many hives an area can sustain.

Although manuka honey has brought many benefits to Taranaki, its rapid growth has caused the odd hiccup too.

Big turnout at Del Boy's sale

Wendy Taggart, beside a Massey Ferguson tractor restored by her brother Brian Dalzell

Born and bred in Kaikoura, 'Del Boy' Dalzell moved to Okaramio in 1999 to house a growing rural machinery collection.

Manuka boom brings sting video

Bees R Us owner Stephen Black says cowboy beekeepers think they can get away with bringing unregistered hives to Taranaki.

Taranaki beekeepers fight as 'cowboys' muscle in on their territory with unregistered hives.

Royalburn Station yours for $16m

Royalburn Station in Central Otago is up for grabs for $16m.

A historic Central Otago farm has been put on the market, but buyers will need deep pockets.

Young Riwaka orchardist in finals

Nelson's Young Fruitgrower of the Year Tom Dalziel sorts out weedeater line during Friday's competition.

Photo - supplied

Riwaka's Tom Dalziel has beaten off tough competition to be crowned Nelson's Young Fruit Grower for 2016.

Farming in the thick of it

Timaru farmer Shaun Miller breeds romney and suffolk rams and grows 1000 tonnes of barley each year.

With 36 mostly lifestyler neighbours looking in and the city of Timaru only minutes away, Shawn Miller's stud sheep and barley growing operation is under constant scrutiny.

Kiwifruit licences sought after

Promoting kiwifruit German-style. The SunGold variety has proved a global hit.

Kiwifruit growers have bid for licences to plant 400 ha of gold product.

Research into fodder beet unknowns

Dairy NZ senior scientist Dawn Dalley speaks at the SIDE conference in Invercargill.

Dairy farmers taking to fodder beet as a feeding option for their cows want DairyNZ to fill in research holes about the crop.

Future looking rosy for Zespri growers

Zespri gold kiwifruit is earning a premium in the market, earning $8 a tray last year for growers.

Strong grower returns and excellent export market growth has Zespri boss Lain Jager confident about the future.

Grape crop surges

Jane Cooper says she's hoping this year's Matahiwi Wines pinot noirs will emulate the exceptional 2013 vintage.

A commentator says this year's grape vintage will offer a mixed bag.

Olive crop causes water woes

Olive Press manager Bruce McCallum says the press is doing its best to keep growers happy despite being under the pump ...

Press can't keep pace with bumper harvest as council imposes waste water restrictions.

Zespri's appeal opposed

Seeka Kiwifruit CEO Michael Franks.

Kiwifruit marketers cut out of exporting to fight Zespri court appeal.

MPI to test drones for velvetleaf

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

Drones could be enlisted in the battle to combat the spread of velvetleaf weed.

Demand for organic kiwifruit grows

Te Puke orchardist Jeff Roderick has been an organic grower for more than two decades.

The best organic kiwifruit growers are able to foot it with conventional orchardists.

Organic kiwifruit marketer cut off

Kiwifruit being graded before export to world markets.

Despite high returns to organic kiwifruit growers, Splice Fruit is barred from exporting to Austria.

Roxburgh fruit grower wins regional comp

Roxburgh fruit grower Jack Gilchrist competes in a pruning activity in the Central Otago Young Fruit Grower competition.

Roxburgh fruit grower Jack Gilchrist is Central Otago's young fruit grower of the year.

Arable industry in good heart

Federated Farmers grain and seed group chairman Guy Wigley is happy with the scale of his arable operation.

 The arable industry has its challenges, but remains in good shape, says leader Guy Wrigley.

Winter hits farmers

Heavy clouds gather over the Ruahine range.  Winter has hit with cold weather and rain.

Winter hits farmers but they say they are prepared and stock condition and pasture levels are okay.

New kiwifruit varieties take time

A red kiwifruit variety developed by Plant & Food Research.

New Zealand's $1.9b kiwifruit industry depends on developing new novel varieties.

Soil's secrets

Soil fertility principles will be discussed at a seminar in New Plymouth next month. PHOTO:ROBERT CHARLES/FAIRFAXX NZ

 

Floods hit kiwifruit

Murray Winter indicates with his hand how high the water level reached during the March flood which wiped out his crop.

Golden Bay kiwifruit growers want urgent action to prevent a repeat of flood damage that devastated their crops.

Liquid gold from Taranaki

Honey bees hard at work

Black gold and white gold may have slowed in Taranaki, but liquid gold is flowing in the hinterland.

Zespri grows sales, profit

The SunGold variety is driving Zespri's profits.

Zespri's profits are set to rise as licence revenue for the SunGold variety comes on stream.

Young fruit growers vie for title

Five Central Otago fruit growers compete for regional title.

Five fruit growers are vying for the Central Otago Young Fruit Grower crown.

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