Cropping

Price of cereal grain buoyant

milling wheat

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

Rockit_strap

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

Bees

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

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

cheers

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

Hemp touted as crop

marijuana

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

Residues in fruit, vegetables

fruit

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

Maize options highlighted

maize

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

Apples

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

Funds boost for NZ avocados

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

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

Horowhenua a vege bowl

Woodhaven

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

McIntosh

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

Apples

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

Scales Corp to list

Apples

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

kiwifruit

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

Bumper apple harvest lifts value

Apples

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

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

Onions

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

Excess fruit cut to ground

Grapes

A Marlborough winery that capped its fruit intake has made the heartbreaking decision to drop excess fruit to the ground.

Crop-seed farmers pressured by rain

radish seeds

Canterbury's prolonged wet spell is threatening the supply of specialist seed and cereal crops.

'Albino' kumara grown

A standard red-skinned Kumara.

Could white kumara be the next thing for Kiwi cuisine lovers to sink their teeth into?

Little-known moth plagues farmers

Plantain moth

A native moth is causing trouble for North Island farmers trying to prepare for drought.

Vital mission down south for wasps

Mite infected wasp

Scientists are nearing the halfway mark of their target of sucking up one million wasps from Canterbury paddocks and sending them to Southland to combat the clover root weevil.

Grape harvests beat rain

Grape harvester.

Nelson wineries are relieved the region's grape harvest has largely finished ahead of prolonged rain.

T&G buys Apollo Apples for $36m

Apples

Horticulture marketer and distributor buys Hawke's Bay apple producer to feed growing export markets.

Vintner tries luck with pinot

Pierre Casenave

A French winemaker from famous Champagne house Veuve Clicquot is working his magic at a Marlborough winery.

Rain frustrates wine industry

harvest

Rain continues to cause stress for Marlborough's wine industry, but it's not only growers and wineries feeling the pain.

Winemaking magic

Winemaker Hamish Clark

The pressure is on - there are still tonnes of grapes to be brought in, and winter is closing in

Fungicide resistance shock

milling wheat

Wheat growers suffer another blow with confirmation that NZ wheat has developed resistance to fungicides controlling speckled leaf blotch.

Ambitious avocado plan

avocado

NZ's avocado industry is planning to triple productivity per hectare and quadruple industry returns over the next nine years.

Contractors fined over pay

Grapes

A vineyard contracting business is fined more than $2000 for not paying staff wages and holiday pay.

Orchard's 'vision' takes top award

Apples

An industry-leading Central Otago orchard has won the supreme title in the 2014 Otago Ballance Farm Environment Awards.

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