Cropping

Breeding oomph back into apples

Bill Lynch of Redwood Valley Road with new apple variety English Rose.

Roxy and Big Daddy are set to make it big. They are colourful characters, and tasty.

Rosy results in apples trade

Wild thing: Go on the apple hunt with the Lyneham Commons on St Valentine's Day, February 14.

Scales Corporation beats prospectus forecasts, reporting an annual net profit of $18.4m as it continues to eye growth.

Fruit fly an isolated case, say growers

A Queensland fruit fly, like those discovered in Auckland.

Waikato fruitgrowers are confident the pest will remain contained in Auckland and eradicated.

World record crop

ONE FOR THE BOOKS: Warren Darling and his family after their record-breaking harvest.

Timaru farmer Warren Darling has a world record harvest, with help from an early winter.

Another profitable seed harvest sprouting

Combine harvester in wheat field.

The Mid Canterbury-centred seed industry came off its high with $210 million of exports last year and this harvest is shaping up for a similar result.

Farmers denied high-value hemp crop

A crop of industralised hemp.

Crop growers struggling to get easy access to the lucrative hemp-seed market by a continuing unwillingness to change the law.

Timaru barley growers eye record

Barley growers Warren and Joy Darling

Couple are waiting to see if their world record attempt for the highest barley yield will be confirmed.

Variety best form of defence against kiwifruit disease

Dr Stuart Kay and Juanita Dunn of Plant and Food Research with original Chinese kiwifruit plants.

Without research into new plant varieties, the New Zealand kiwifruit industry would be in a parlous state.

Fruit of the vine

Pure gold: John Cook, with the new gold variety of kiwifruit that has been grafted on to the old rootstock.

A golden future looks to be in store for kiwifruit growers.

Smoke-tainted grapes fear

Wine grapes.

Some Marlborough wineries may have to rethink harvest plans if smoke from the Onamalutu fire has tainted vines.

Rain's mixed results for grape growers

This month's rain has split grapes for some Manawatu growers while rejuvenating vines for others.

Blackcurrant harvest under way

Down the line: A harvester heads down a row of blackadder blackcurrants at the Tavendale farm.

Blackcurrant growers across Mid Canterbury are busy harvesting this season's crop, after a late start to the season.

Seasonal worker digs approved

Seasonal workers’ accommodation for 22 RSE workers will be developed at this
property and cherry pack house on Hammond Rd, Renwick.

Plans to convert an old house and pack shed near Renwick into accommodation for seasonal workers have been given the go-ahead.

Storm destroys Central Otago apples

Apples

A storm that was over in just 10 minutes has claimed a large chunk of a Central Otago apple crop.

Bumper crop a world beater

Chris Dennison checks the condition of his canola crop before harvest.

Farmer raises the bar for canola production with unofficial new world record yield on the Waitaki Plains.

Growing areas need more rain

PARTICULARLY DRY: Pukekohe Vegetable Growers Association president Bharat Jivan examines some of his onions.

Weekend rain has only "dampened down the dust" in the Wairarapa, and potato and onion growers are worried.

Kiwifruit claim plaintiffs seek damages

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 amount of damages sought is unspecified because it's not known how many growers and post-harvest operators will join.

Orchard fined $40,000

Apple orchard

Matipo Orchards has been fined for potentially undermining New Zealand's apple industry.

Water cuts could hit vineyards

Seresin Estate manager Colin Ross, left, will continue to irrigate estate vineyards
through the Southern Valley Irrigation Scheme until it gets shut off later this
week, then he will switch to storage water.

Some grapegrowers could struggle to ripen their fruit if the Southern Valleys Irrigation Scheme is shut off on Thursday.

More optimism over seed crop yields

Meyrick Hawkins and 7-year-old son Billy are windrowing a paddock of bok choy for seed in the Ladbrooks area of Canterbury.

Meyrick Hawkins is chuffed by the yields coming off the first feed wheat and grass seed crops of the harvest, even if the clover seed crop was a bit off the mark.

Wine museum features region

Hunter’s Wines winemaker James MacDonald talks about the different soil types in Marlborough when interviewed by French production company Grand Angle
Productions.

A French film crew has touched down in Marlborough, putting the region's wine industry in the spotlight.

Fee hike a blow to wine firms

New Zealand Winegrowers chairman Steve Green said making New Zealand's wine industry fork out another $2.9m a year was "manifestly unfair".

Increasing regulation fees by $2.9m will hit Marlborough's wine industry hard, says chairman.

Great bounty of fruit in debut harvest

Northridge Estate
orchard owner
Jenny Saggers
with kids Sophia
Saggers, 7, Archie
Saggers, 5, and
Ollie Saggers, 4.
Their first stone
fruit crop is about
to be harvested
from the orchard
this week.

An orchard planted to lead a stonefruit resurgence in Marlborough will harvest its first crop this weekend.

Birds plunder farmers' profits

RUFFLING FEATHERS: A flock of birds dine on a crop ready for harvesting.

Birds feasting on valuable crops appear to be on the rise during a dry summer in Canterbury.

Autumn barley shows good yields

Barley

Small trial crops of dryland and irrigated barley grown for research have had pleasing results in Mid Canterbury.

Resilient despite parched land

DRIED UP: Marlborough Federated Farmers president Greg Harris looks over one of the smaller dams on his parched Awatere Valley farm.

No appreciable rain has fallen since April, but Marlborough farmers know how to cope.

Herb business 'never stops'

New Plymouth herb grower Russell Jordan in his glass house.

The seasons make little difference to a vast North Taranaki hydroponic herb growing operation.

Grape yields down, glut unlikely

Marlborough board chairman Clive Jones, who is also Nautilus Estate winemaker
and winery manager, says this year’s vintage will be ‘‘significantly’’ smaller than
last year.

Marlborough grapegrowers expect the 2015 vintage to be "significantly" smaller than last year.

Demand for land rises

vineyard

An extra 270 hectares of Marlborough grapegrowing land was snapped up by overseas investors last year.

Sub-division gets go-ahead

Colonial
Vineyard Ltd
chairman Mark
Davis and
director Jono
Bushell pictured
in this file
photograph at
the Burleigh site
where 230
homes could be
built.

A housing sub-division to build 230 homes at Colonial Vineyard can go ahead after an appeal was dismissed by the High Court.

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