Cropping

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.

MPI predicts more contaminated fodderbeet

Waikato Regional Council biodiversity officer Dave Byers and Environment Southland senior land sustainability officer ...

More fodderbeet seed lines could be contaminated with velvetleaf, the Ministry for Primary Industries says.

Kiwifruit confidence high

A South Korean kiwifruit grower who contracts for Zespri. Zespri predicts annual sales volume growth in Korea of over 10 ...

Prices for kiwifruit orchards have soared as Zespri targets $3.3 billion revenue by 2020.

Velvetleaf in more seed

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

A fourth seed line has been found to be contaminated by the invasive pest weed.

First ploughing title in 50-plus years

Lincoln ploughman John Stalker does a practise run on his Massey Harris 30.

John Stalker, 78, will represent New Zealand for the first time at the world vintage ploughing champs.

Biggest vege export grows

Onions are now a $125 million export business for New Zealand.

Onion-growers weep tears of joy at news that returns have doubled on their tasty crop.

Zespri partner rejected

Seeka CEO Michael Franks says a potential oversupply of kiwifruit this season could see fruit left on the ground.

Kiwifruit New Zealand have turned down an appeal to allow two exporters to partner with Zespri.

Seed importers have no legal implications

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

Southland farmers are upset about a lack of legal action following the velvetleaf outbreak.

Irrigation scheme ready for spring

Morven Glenavy Irrigation vice-chairman Jon Kirk says the Waihao Downs irrigation scheme will be ready to go by the ...

The multi-million dollar Waihao Downs irrigation scheme will be ready for the next irrigation season. 

Near-perfect autumn planting

Federated Farmers grain and seed industry group chairman Guy Wigley says South Canterbury has had an almost-ideal autumn ...

A near-perfect autumn planting has brought cheer to South Canterbury's grain and seed farmers.

Comvita's sweet success

Comvita CEO Scott Coulter.

Natural ingredients company Comvita knows it will not reach its revenue target through honey alone, so is developing other products.

For 138 years five generations have tilled the land

John and Chris Rickard, the fourth and fifth generations to farm the  family property in Mid Canterbury.

In their 138 years on the same Mid Canterbury property, the Rickard family have experienced farming's highs and lows.

Carrot shortage on the cards

Ohakune vegetable farmers are concerned they might not be able to wash their crops if it doesn't rain soon.

The winter supply of carrots, potatoes, parsnips, brussel sprouts and swedes from Ohakune is at risk if it doesn't rain.

'Kiwi is such a powerful fruit'

Mohammed Choudhary was one of the first people to sell kiwifruit in India.

Kiwifruit is taking India by storm – and delivered to doorsteps by bicycle.

Review for Kiwifruit board

A packing worker in the Seeka packhouse in Te Puke stacking kiwifruit for export to Australia.

High Court tells Kiwifruit Board to review three export applications.

Teen knows the onion growing ropes

High school student Lincoln Roper, 16, is the youngest competitor in the 10-year history of the Young Vegetable Grower ...

Teenager Lincoln Roper has been growing red onions since he was seven.

Urban sprawl consuming veggie land

HortNZ chief executive Mike Chapman.

Urban sprawl is carving up valuable vegetable land and growers are struggling to impress this on officials.

Chicken feed blamed for weed outbreak

Federated Farmers and New Zealand first say imported maize used as chicken feed is the likely cause of an outbreak of ...

 Farmers believe imported chicken feed is the source of a velvetleaf outbreak in maize crops, but this is disputed.

Senior ploughman a champ

Bob Mehrtens (left) and his nephew Adam Mehrtens, who also takes the sport of ploughing seriously. Bob's arm rests on ...

Bob Mehrtens is well known around ploughing circles.

Grape growth predicted

New Zealand's vineyard area is tipped to rise 6 per cent on present plantings by 2018.

As vineyard plantings increase, New Zealand wines in the US gain plaudits and sales.

Understanding of water quality

A centre pivot operates on the Culverden Plain. Ronlyn Duncan questioned 20 farmers in the area  on their concept of ...

Farmer understanding of the issues of water quality is at odds with the scientific models, an expert says.

Search for velvetleaf is over

The search for the invasive weed velvetleaf has ended nationwide.

The search for velvetleaf on Southland farms officially ended on Friday, with more than 600 properties searched.

Is this superfood our next big export?

Cranberry sauce is a tasty side for duck, venison and goose

Stephen and Dianne Sheaf of Wild Ruby Cranberries, just south of Greymouth, began growing true American cranberries, Vaccinium macrocarpon, in 2007. But it wasn't until a few years ago that they knew they were on the right track, when a visiting adviser from Ocean Spray, the main American cranberry consumer brand, told them he had never seen cranberries of such a deep red hue and large size in North America. 

Pukekohe grower crowned king

Andrew Hutchinson of Pukekohe works through a challenge on his way to the 2016 Young Vegetable Grower of the Year title.

Pukekohe has again produced the country's best young vege grower.

Kiwifruit lovers safe, says Zespri

Kiwifruit is safe says Zespri after grease was found on packaging.

Zespri assures kiwifruit lovers they are safe after 1.7 million trays were put on hold.

Farmers take local approach

Lincoln University senior lecturer Jim Gibbs is a popular speaker on getting the best out of a crop of winter feed.

South Canterbury farmers take a grassroots approach to reduce their effect on the environment.

Big slump in feed barley

Federated Farmers' arable vice-chairman Brian Leadley is not surprised growers are switching to other crop options.

Feed barley plantings drop as Canterbury arable farmers feel the pinch of the dairy downturn and look for alternative crops.

High hopes for harvest

Pinot noir grapes ripe for picking at Matahiwi vineyard in the Wairarapa.

Now the grape harvest is over, the winemakers' job has begun at Matahiwi Wines in the Wairarapa.

PM gets a taste of Tasman video

Prime Minister John Key eats an apple at Waimea Nurseries.

"I'm eating my way through Nelson and Motueka," John Key says, apple in hand.

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