Cropping

Family plants 17,000 trees on farm

Charlie and Helen Lea of Cambridge are the supreme winner of the Waikato Farm Environment Awards.

Waikato's top environmental farmers are Charlie and Helen Lea.

Kiwifruit China-bound

Asian Adonis captain Bernardo D. Ocampo, with part of the first shipment of kiwifruit for the season, due to leave for ...

It hasn't been a record kiwifruit harvest, but considering this summer's below par weather, it hasn't been a bad result.

Royal radiata in Hawke's Bay

Ridgemount farm in Hawke's Bay has been sold to an Austrian countess.

It's given its name to a beer, a city and some European towns - and now a New Zealand forest.

Kiwifruit growers vote for levy

NZ Kiwifruit Growers CEO Nikki Johnson.

Kiwifruit growers have given a strong signal they want the work of their lobby group to continue.

Forestry should be more loved

New Zealand's plantation forests are being whittled away at the rate of 13,000 hectares a year and replacement planting ...

Forestry is worth a significant amount to the economy, but is under valued.

FEP workshop appreciated by farmers

James Hoburn of Beef +Lamb New Zealand conducts a farm environment plan workshop at the Woodbury Hall for a bunch of ...

A group of South Canterbury farmers gets together to take part in a farm environment plan workshop.

Angel investors sought for apple robots

A robotic apple packer developed by Robotics Plus.

Mundane apple packing can finally be replaced by robots.

Mesh messes with pests

The Lincoln University Future Farming Centre head Charles Merfield, centre, among plots of mesh-covered potatoes. Using ...

Scientists at Lincoln University have found a fine mesh will protect potatoes from pests.

Farmers urged to attend meeting on change

Dairy cows graze in front of the Clandeboye dairy factory. High nitrate levels have been found  in the wells in this ...

South Canterbury farmers are urged to attend a meeting in Fairlie to learn the outcomes of a water investigation.

The tiny apple that could

Phil Alison developed the concept of the Rockit brand.

Not much bigger than a golf ball, the Rockit apple sold in plastic cylinders has taken off.

NZ overtakes Aussies in wine stakes

New Yorkers try a taste of New Zealand wine at a recent fair.

New Zealand is in the big league of wine exporters to the US.

Prestigious scholarship goes to Lincoln student

Sarah Lockhart, winner of the Ravensdown Hugh Williams Scholarship 2017, is a second-year ag-commerce student at Lincoln ...

Lincoln university student Sarah Lockhart is the latest recipient of a Ravensdown scholarship.

Plan ahead and plant carefully

John Hayward and Susan O'Regan have planted about 30,000 native trees on their dairy farm over the past eight years ...

There is a right way and a wrong way of planting trees, John Simmons says.

Nasty pest found in Canterbury

The red clover casebearer moth has been found in a clover crop in Mid Canterbury.

The red clover casebearer moth has been found in Mid-Canterbury, but its effect on clover seed production is unknown.

Velvetleaf back on farmer hit list

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

Farmers need to continue to look for velvetleaf in their fodder beet crops.

Carrfields link for no till drill

(from left) Dr John Baker, CEO/Chairman of Baker No-Tillage, Bill Ritchie, General Manager, Baker No-Tillage, Guy ...

The Feilding developers of a cross slot drill have teamed up with Carrfields.

Pilot rises to challenge

Robinson sprays fire retardant on the hill above Kennedy's Bush during his efforts to help fight the Port Hills fire.

Top-dressing pilot says fighting Port Hills fires "not that different to everyday work".

These guys know their onions

Supervisor Kitja Santanut oversees 19 workers from Thailand to harvest onion flower heads by hand in Marlborough.

A Marlborough onion grower's decision to use people, not machines, to harvest this year's crop is paying off.

Tobacco growing's last gasp

Motueka Valley's Laurie Jury with what could be his last tobacco crop.

A Motueka tobacco grower reckons he's being shut down by legislation changes.

Clock ticking for Hunter Downs

The current proposed scheme infrastructure takes water from the Waitaki River via the existing Morven Glenavy Irrigation ...

The call is out for capital to get the Hunter Downs irrigation scheme off the ground.

Apples up to $6 a kilo

Apple prices are sky high at the moment.

An apple a day may keep the doctor away - but they may also hurt your pocket.

Highs and lows for crop-dusters

Persistent nor'westers have made crop dusting and spraying difficult for topdressing pilots this summer.

Aerial top dressing pilots in North Canterbury are battling strong nor'west winds.

Two women in young farmer final

Sam Heaven competing in 2010.

Ellish Norrie and Megan Hands will be up against the men in the Tasman regional final of the Young Farmer of the Year.

Huge blueberry, huge potential

Some extra large blueberries should be ready for export this spring. They will most likely not be immediately available ...

A blueberry company has high hopes for a new supersized berry.

Farmers on a knife-edge

North Canterbury rain hasn't penetrated more than three inches into the ground for three years.

Some farmers struggle as parched North Canterbury heads for a 4th year of drought, while others reap the rewards.

Zespri expands in Europe

SunGold, the new gold kiwifruit setting export records is more tolerant to Psa, has more complex flavours, is bigger and ...

Zespri is investing substantially into European gold kiwifruit production in order to boost global year-round sales.

Farmer competition hotting up for final

Arjan Van't Klooster is tipped to win the regional final on February 24. Here he tries floral decoration with fiance ...

A 25-year-old farm owner is among the favourites for the Aorangi Young Farmer of the Year competition.

GM grasses off to US testing

AgResearch scientist Greg Bryan works with some of the GM grasses developed at Grasslands in preparation for overseas ...

Higher yielding genetically modified ryegrasses that are easier on the environment will be tested offshore next year.

Going Dutch on avocados

Avocados are one of New Zealand's most valuable horticultural exports. The Ministry for Primary Industries predicts ...

A Dutch company is one of the partners in a proposed jumbo avocado orchard near Kaipara Harbour.

Managing nitrogen for better water

Left unchecked, excess nitrogen promotes nuisance weed and algal growth in streams and rivers.

OPINION: The proposed Healthy Rivers Plan Change 1 seeks to manage four contaminants in Waikato's waterways; nitrogen, phosphorus, sediment and bacteria.

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