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.

Velvetleaf search continues

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

The search for velvetleaf is winding down in Southland, with Environment Southland set to cease hunting at the end of the week.

Taranaki has eye on Ballance awards

Roger Landers and Matt Kelbrick, who respectively supervise and manage a  Parininihi ki Waitotara 2dary farm near ...

Taranaki interest in the 2016 Ballance Farm Environment Awards will be high because two finalists have strong links to the region.

Otago velvetleaf response extended

Owaka farmer-volunteer Grant Bradfield, who coordinated the South Otago volunteer response on behalf of Otago Federated ...

Velvetleaf volunteer response extended in Otago.

Timaru truck driver top ploughman

Timaru truck driver Bob Mehrtens (right)  is the national ploughing champion in the reversible class. His nephew Adam ...

In ploughing's reversible class Bob Mehrtens cannot be beaten

High price of a pest

Velvetleaf, one of the world's worst cropping weeds, has been found at 11 sites in Manawatu/Whanganui.

Velvetleaf control has cost the Government at least $1 million so far.

Wine harvest up this year

This year's wine harvest should be manageable thanks to New Zealand's growing export market.

A good growing season has ushered in a higher wine harvest than last year.

Surging US grain delights farmers

the rallies have provided farmers an unexpected opportunity to sell grain they've kept in storage.

​A burst of frenetic buying sent US corn and soybean futures sharply higher after months of sluggishness.

Source of black grass seeds unknown

Black grass has distinctive dark purple seedheads.

Three seeds from an invasive weed are being grown to find the source of a small outbreak.

A winner in the lottery of life

Barrhill, Mid Canterbury, cropping farmer Malcolm Cairns grows seed potatoes on 50ha of leased land.

The farm environment plan process required as part of gaining irrigation consent was a positive experience says a Mid Canterbury cropping farmer

NZ vine plantings grow

Yealands Seaview vineyard at Seddon, Marlborough, the region where the bulk of new vine plantings are being made.

Vine plantings are growing for the booming wine industry.

MPI declines to comment on weed

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

The Ministry for Primary Industries is refusing to discuss velvetleaf any further at this stage.

Velvetleaf plants found seeding

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

Velvetleaf could be a problem next year, with some plants found seeding in northern Southland.

Burning question

The pores on biochar protect micro-organisms in the soil from predation and drying out, while providing them with ...

Any gardener interested in improving their soil – that's all of us – should be tuned in to the arguments for, and against, biochar.

Bee poison results 10 days away

New Zealand honey bees have relied on David Yanke's breeding work.

Results of tests for suspected bee poisoning will not be known for more than a week.

National ploughing comp attracts best

Competitors have a chance to calibrate their ploughing skills on a practise day ahead of the of the New Zealand ...

Manawatu soils will be turned over as the top ploughmen and women line up the straightest furrow at the national championships.

Turning dryland to world's best

Jim and Chris Dennison with a range of farm machinery used on their intensive cropping and dairy farm.

Irrigation from the snow-fed Waitaki River has proved the salvation for many farms on the plains and downlands.

Best plough people in Manawatu

Colin Drummond from Canterbury is with his partner Erin Cassie's clydesdale horses McKenzie Erewhon and Donnybrook ...

Furrows were checked, as the best of New Zealand's plough people were trying their horses and tractors at Rongotea in Manawatu

Vege shortage looms say importers

General manager of the New Zealand Grain and Seed Trade Association Thomas Chin is dismayed about the lack of ...

Seed importers and growers fear they have been caught up in the crackdown on invasive weeds.

Velvetleaf search ramped up again

04042016 News. Robyn Edie. Southland Times/FairfaxNZ.  Environment Southland biosecurity manager Richard Bowman, ...

About 120 names have been added to the list of farms to search for velvetleaf in Southland.

Renwick survives another summer

Renwick residents have avoided water restrictions until next summer.

Renwick households have enough water until next summer but supply may still be limited until new pumps are installed in early 2019.

Adopt GM or fall behind

Professor Andrew Allan, from the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Auckland, talks about genetic ...

Biotechnologists say New Zealand will have to embrace GM or fall behind

Blackgrass outbreak in Mid Canterbury

Blackgrass has distinctive dark purple seedheads.

The discovery of three blackgrass seeds from two Mid Canterbury paddocks is concerning farmers.

Farmer harnesses sunshine

For Jim (left) and Chris Dennison,  irrigation means viability, sustainability and security for their arable and dairy ...

Chris Dennison harvests the sun.

Best plough contestants in Manawatu

Straight furrows will be the order of the day for the national ploughing contest.

Best NZ has in Manawatu for NZ ploughing championships.

Te Awamutu couple judged Waikato's top environmental farmers

Te Awamutu dairy farmers John Hayward and Susan O'Regan​ with children Lily and Jack, are the Supreme Winners of the ...


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