Cropping

Zespri's push into Asia

Zespri chairman Peter McBride, left, and T&G Global chairman Professor Klaus Josef Lutz sign the MOU at Berlin Fruit Logistica.

Zespri has signed a deal to use T&G as its marketer in south-east Asia.

Grain and seed the agriculture cornerstone

Mike Porter of Lyalldale: Full cultivation wasn't sustainable and it was time to stop.

South Canterbury farmers take pride in arable farming being the cornerstone of the agriculture industry.

Farmers welcome TPPA signing

Farmers are missing out on the best malting barley varieties.

Farmers see more than trade benefits arising from this week's TPP signing in Auckland.

Record apple exports third year running

Nellie Lovell-Smith and Joseph Shanks apple pressing for cider making using apples from Camla Farm Lyttelton.

Record exports spell a bright future for the previously struggling industry.

Apple exports on up

Apples packaged with one of the New Zealand flag options at a market in Shanghai, China.

The apple industry is going from strength to strength, to judge by export forecasts.

Average harvest despite rain

Federated Farmers arable representatives : On the left Guy Wigley (arable chairman); center Mike Porter (South Canterbury arable chairman); and Colin Hurst (arable vice chairman seed)

South Canterbury's grain and seed harvest dodges the raindrops.

Guilty plea over corn plot

Authorities investigated Mo Hailong, 46, for conspiring to steal corn seeds.

A Chinese man charged with conspiracy to steal high-tech US corn seeds has pleaded guilty.

Banned agri-chemicals found

JBL Environmental manager John Larcombe pictured with more than two tonnes of unwanted agri-chemicals collected from farms in Marlborough including 245T.

Among chemicals collected in a round-up were old containers and bottles of 245T and dialdrin, banned in the early 1960s.

Vineyard map delayed

About 40 per cent of vineyards in Marlborough have been mapped to show the location of different varieties.

Large wineries are delaying the release of a map that will help market Marlborough wine.

Wheat harvest shrinking as crops yield to grapes

Seddon farmer Andrew Jones is one of the last remaining wheat growers in Marlborough

Timely rainfall over the past fortnight had helped turn this year's cropping harvest from a potential disaster to an "average" season in Marlborough.

Award helps orchard thrive

Winning the Farm Environment Awards' supreme award for Waikato has given the de Jong family the confidence they are on the right track with their soil fertility philosophies at Southern Belle Orchard. Nearly a year on, they are continuing to grow their feijoa plantings and are trialing new sweet point capsicum varieties. L to R: Talbert de Jong, Emily Meese and Frans and Tineke de Jong.

It's been a whirlwind year for the de Jong family after being crowned supreme winners of the 2015 Waikato Farm Environment Awards.

Arable harvest delayed by rain

Colin Hurst is waiting for the rain to stop so he can begin his barley harvest.

 Rain is not helping South Canterbury farmers to bring in their crops.

Rain at the right time

Waikato's maize plants need plenty of heat and night moisture between now harvest to ensure a high yielding crop.

Wet December provides a tonic for Waikato maize growers who may have a bumper crop this season.

Plan change to improve Waikato's water quality delayed

New rules designed to improve Waikato's water quality have been postponed until June to allow more time to process all of the information.

The group tasked with proposing new rules to improve Waikato's water quality have asked for more time to make their recommendations.

Blueberry picking popular

A family takes their haul of blueberries to the car at the 'Pick-your-own' gardens in Pohangina Valley

Blueberries in demand as thousands go to PYO farm in Pohangina Valley.

Hazelnut island in sea of grapes

The Nutt Ranch owners, Keith Hair and Georgina Ponder, pictured with Hazel the dog, are producing hazelnuts at their orchard in the Waihopai Valley.

Hazelnuts are hardy crop which are frost resistant and virtually pest free.

Americans buy Martinborough vineyard

Nga Waka founder and manager Roger Parkinson believes the purchase was a "fantastic" move for the company and signals increasing confidence in the region.

Nga Waka vineyard operation is set to expand, with owners buying another 10 hectare vineyard.

Opuha restrictions to continue

Water use restrictions remain in place for users of South Canterbury's Opuha Dam.

Irrigations restrictions for users of South Canterbury's Opuha Dam could last until the end of the irrigation season.

Berries in short supply

Boysenberries damaged by hail at Tasman Bay Berries near Nelson.

Pavlovas might be without strawberry tops unless you got in quick at the supermarket.

From parish to scent field

Russell Rofe in his distillery; he not only distills his own lavender, but does so for 10 local growers.

Lavender grower Russell Rofe is on the verge of making a living from his lifelong passion.

Berries picked for Christmas

Delta Gardens in Manawatu has been making sure customers have enough fresh fruit and vegetables for Christmas. Helping out, from left, are Victoria, Brianna and Monique Gorrie, with dog Koko and owner Neville Dickey.

Berries are popular as people pick their own fruit and vegetables ahead of Christmas.

Growers count cost of hail storm

Hail damaged apples in Tasman after last week's brief but devastating hail storm.

Tasman pipfruit growers will be making the hard calls on which blocks of trees to walk away from after last week's hail.

Hail storm hits apples hardest video

Dents made by hailstones may yet grow out of apples at Hoddy's Orchard, Hope.

Tasman region growers are optimistic business won't suffer.

Bumper blueberry crop

The cold winter has set up a large blueberry crop for this season, Warrick Macdonald of Blueberry Country says.

Waikato's blueberry crop should start to hit supermarket shelves in time for Christmas.

More devastating hail on way gallery video

Large and jagged hailstones have devastated fruit growers in the Tasman region.

Huge hailstones ripped through Nelson orchards, destroying Christmas berry crops - and more is in store.

Thunderstorms, hail batter Tasman region

Large and jagged hailstones have devastated fruit growers in the Tasman region.

Jagged giant hailstones have hammered crops in Tasman, destroying orchards for the second year in a row.

Macadamia nuts more expensive

World demand is rising for macadamia nuts.

Nutty treat to get more expensive with Australian growers reporting demand is through the roof.

Orchardist hails netting success

M A Orchards administrator Di Jamison and spray contractor Tony Crampton shelter under the netting which saved the Divan Rd block from hail damage on Sunday.

Hail which destroyed an export apple crop in 2014 was no match for a South Canterbury orchard's netting this year.

Asparagus season winds up

Asparagus farmer George Turney with crates of asparagus en route from field to cool store.

Asparagus will be harder to get over Christmas as a major grower and packer finishes harvesting.

Collaboration key to surviving dry summer

Dairy farmers and arable farmers need to collaborate if they are to overcome the expected summer drought.

Arable and livestock farmers need to work together if they are going to get through the expected drought this summer.

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