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.

Cherry crop light, but bigger fruit

Claudia Crawford
picks cherries at
Cherryland on
Middle Renwick Rd
in Blenheim

Hot, sunny days and not too much rain have resulted in high quality Blenheim cherries, despite a light crop.

Weather hits asparagus growers

Asparagus farm owned by George Turney, Kauwhatu Valley near Mangaweka.

Asparagus grower says in his 25 years growing the spears, he has never had such a difficult year.

Growing drought insurance

GROWING INSURANCE: Cyril Brownlee in his new pea and oats crop on fertile flats south of Wairoa.

Drought insurance is one of the reasons Wairoa farmer Cyril Brownlie is trying out a pea and oats crop this season.

US demand for $2 apples

NEW VARIETY: Andy McGrath, from McGrath Nurseries, with his new apple variety, Plumac.

A fruit nursery expects to sell a unique apple variety to the United States market for $2 per apple.

Hail 'unlikely to dent outlook'

COUNTING THE COST: Enza operations manager Steve Moriarty with collapsed hail nets at the Riwaka apple orchards.

Although Motueka's severe hailstorm was devastating for orchardists, the national impact will be slight because the affected area was relatively small.

Stink Bug spotted in NZ

STINK BUG: The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is asking the people to keep their eyes peeled for an unwanted pest, the Yellow Spotted Stink Bug.

A pest known as the Yellow Spotted Stink Bug has been spotted in a South Island garden.

Hail wreaks havoc on crops

DEEP HAIL: The hail lies thick near Methven, Canterbury.

Surprise hail storm that battered Canterbury yesterday has left some farmers with damaged crops.

Minister surveys 'devastating' damage

DAMAGE REPORT: Enza operations manager Steve Moriarty, left, shows shows Nathan Guy hail damaged jazz apples, with Paul Heywood behind.

Motueka growers have been heartened by a visit from Minister of Primary Industries Nathan Guy, who saw the region's hail damage for himself yesterday.

Kiwifruit duty 'a barrier'

Allow four years for the plants to begin producing.

Indians are developing a taste for kiwifruit but a duty of more than 30 per cent is a significant barrier to growing the market on the sub-continent.

Softly softly bears fruit

Allow four years for the plants to begin producing.

Persuasion is preferable to compulsion, reports Gerard Hutching .

Orchardists count cost

RUINED: Hail damage at an orchard in Brooklyn near Motueka last night.

Motueka orchardists are assessing damage done by a hailstorm that left apple and kiwi crops 'totally munted'.

Challenge of extreme farming


The New Zealand Grassland Association's annual conference returns to Central Otago this week.

Kiwi kiwifruit prospers


A frost that devastated the Chilean kiwifruit crop this year has led to high returns for NZ growers.

Plaintiffs delay filing of Psa claim


A group attempting to sue the government over the 2010 PSA outbreak has delayed filing key papers in the High Court for the second time in less than a week.

Arable farmers feel dairy farmers' pain


Dairy farmers are not the only ones reeling from the recent dairy price drop - dairy support and maize growers are worried too.

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