Water cuts could hit vineyards

Seresin Estate manager Colin Ross, left, will continue to irrigate estate vineyards
through the Southern Valley Irrigation Scheme until it gets shut off later this
week, then he will switch to storage water.

Some grapegrowers could struggle to ripen their fruit if the Southern Valleys Irrigation Scheme is shut off on Thursday.

More optimism over seed crop yields

Meyrick Hawkins and 7-year-old son Billy are windrowing a paddock of bok choy for seed in the Ladbrooks area of Canterbury.

Meyrick Hawkins is chuffed by the yields coming off the first feed wheat and grass seed crops of the harvest, even if the clover seed crop was a bit off the mark.

Wine museum features region

Hunter’s Wines winemaker James MacDonald talks about the different soil types in Marlborough when interviewed by French production company Grand Angle

A French film crew has touched down in Marlborough, putting the region's wine industry in the spotlight.

Fee hike a blow to wine firms

New Zealand Winegrowers chairman Steve Green said making New Zealand's wine industry fork out another $2.9m a year was "manifestly unfair".

Increasing regulation fees by $2.9m will hit Marlborough's wine industry hard, says chairman.

Great bounty of fruit in debut harvest

Northridge Estate
orchard owner
Jenny Saggers
with kids Sophia
Saggers, 7, Archie
Saggers, 5, and
Ollie Saggers, 4.
Their first stone
fruit crop is about
to be harvested
from the orchard
this week.

An orchard planted to lead a stonefruit resurgence in Marlborough will harvest its first crop this weekend.

Birds plunder farmers' profits

RUFFLING FEATHERS: A flock of birds dine on a crop ready for harvesting.

Birds feasting on valuable crops appear to be on the rise during a dry summer in Canterbury.

Autumn barley shows good yields


Small trial crops of dryland and irrigated barley grown for research have had pleasing results in Mid Canterbury.

Resilient despite parched land

DRIED UP: Marlborough Federated Farmers president Greg Harris looks over one of the smaller dams on his parched Awatere Valley farm.

No appreciable rain has fallen since April, but Marlborough farmers know how to cope.

Herb business 'never stops'

New Plymouth herb grower Russell Jordan in his glass house.

The seasons make little difference to a vast North Taranaki hydroponic herb growing operation.

Grape yields down, glut unlikely

Marlborough board chairman Clive Jones, who is also Nautilus Estate winemaker
and winery manager, says this year’s vintage will be ‘‘significantly’’ smaller than
last year.

Marlborough grapegrowers expect the 2015 vintage to be "significantly" smaller than last year.

Demand for land rises


An extra 270 hectares of Marlborough grapegrowing land was snapped up by overseas investors last year.

Sub-division gets go-ahead

Vineyard Ltd
chairman Mark
Davis and
director Jono
Bushell pictured
in this file
photograph at
the Burleigh site
where 230
homes could be

A housing sub-division to build 230 homes at Colonial Vineyard can go ahead after an appeal was dismissed by the High Court.

Potato shortage looms

Pyper's Produce director Brent Lamb inspects a potato crop at Roslyn Bush. The company is selling potatoes to the North Island, and to Taiwan.

A nationwide potato shortage is leaving some chip-lovers pining for their favourite flavours,

Chilean needle grass warning

SERIOUS PEST: Chilean needle grass is rampant in this Hawke's Bay paddock.

A serious pest plant is still going undetected by many farmers and continues to thrive.

MP sells interest in vineyard

Marlburians Colin Hill, left, his wife Paula Hill, their daughter Charlotte Bray, and
her husband Brendon Bray are the new owners of Fairhall Downs Estate Vineyard.

Kaikoura MP Stuart Smith and his family have sold their 25-hectare vineyard estate in Marlborough.

Summer heat good for grapes

A vineyard "crawler" made by Geier, the same company that makes snow groomers for ski fields.

Marlborough vineyard owners are happy that recent warmth points to quality grapes for the 2015 vintage.

Sweetcorn seeds were duds


A batch of old sweet corn seed given out by McCains to its Hawke's Bay growers this spring failed to germinate.

Corn seed not so sweet

NOT SO SWEET CORN: Poor weather and a batch of bad seed has made the sweet corn growing season a challenging one.

A batch of old sweet corn seed given out by McCains to its Hawke's Bay growers this spring failed to germinate.

Weather takes its toll on crops

LOWER YIELDS: Wet and windy weather is taking its toll on crops.

Yields of grain and maize are expected to be lower than normal, with the cold, wet and windy start taking its toll on crops.

Can stevia be our new sweetheart?

SWEET STUFF: Farmers tend to their crops of Stevia in Caacupe city.

When Coca-Cola embraces it, you know it is a food trend that is here to stay.

Mood Indigo to lift crops

A fresh crop of garlic

CropLogic buys monitoring company to better help farmers predict and maximise crop yields.

A berry Christmas hoped for

FAMILY AFFAIR: Ariana Holland, 16, top right and her sisters Maddi, 14 and Kyla, 11 at their parents business Tasman Bay Berries.

Berry growers are hopeful for a good season, and say all going well there should be plenty of berries available for Christmas dinners.

Food bargains abound

BARGAIN: Tomato prices fell to $3.47 a kilo, their lowest November price for 12 years.

Tomatoes are at their lowest prices for 12 years, while prices also fell for many other items.

Tomato firms bought for $26m

Timely tasks: water tomatoes evenly

NZ's biggest fresh-produce company, Turners & Growers, is set to grow even larger following the acquisition of two tomato-growing firms.

Hope for skies to clear

Tourists seek shelter from the rain at the bus stop at the Blenheim Railway Station.

Yesterday's downpour in Marlborough almost equalled the total rainfall for November, Metservice says.

Wet and cold stunts maize

SLOW START: Federated Farmers arable industry group chairman John Hodge surveys a slow-growing maize crop.

The cold, wet end to spring has stunted the growth of Waikato maize crops.

Taiwan bites into apples

Apple exports rose in value from $13m before the signing of the agreement, to $39m.

Value of apple exports to Taiwan soared 210pc in 10 months since free trade agreement was signed with NZ.

The chips are down

Buried treasure: Manawatu potato farmer Tony Parlato is worried the adverse weather will badly affect his crops this season after other areas of the country have been badly hit, resulting in a shortage.

'Spudmageddon' ripples through North Island, affecting the supply of potatoes, crisps and French fries.

Harvesting on a large scale

TOP CROP: Mid-Canterbury vegetable grower Mike Arnold with asparagus crop

For vegetable grower Mike Arnold it is all about getting the best from the land.

Move to reduce spraying of pipfruit

fruit harvest

Scientists are working on ways to reduce chemical sprays on apples and pears to make them more palatable in Asian markets.

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