Cropping

The velvetleaf waiting game

Velvetleaf has the potential to devastate other crops.

Waikato maize growers will know more about how badly the region has been hit by velvetleaf this spring.

Spring festival promises day out for Cheviot farmers

Spring daffodils in the Cheviot Domain will be a major attraction for the Cheviot Spring Festival on September 10.

The Cheviot Spring Festival promises a day off the farm for farmers under pressure from the drought, and a chance to celebrate spring with their friends.

Grain growers discouraged by low returns

Feed barley plantings in Canterbury for the 2017 harvest are predicted to be down 41 per cent on 2015, reflecting a ...

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NZ avocado is cheap (and not evil)

After last season's poor growing year, avocado volumes have soared.

Avocados are plentiful, are already to dropped to $2 each and don't worry NZers, you don't need to feel guilty about it.

Climate change deal to be sealed

The new Biological Emissions Reference Group will involve representatives from the farming world to "collaborate" with ...

There is "no easy fix" to reduce environmental damage, but farming and forestry sector will try to reach consensus.

Runholder battles invasive weed

Horehound, an invasive, foul-smelling weed that contaminates wool, taints meat and plays havoc with lucerne crops.

Gavin "Snow" Loxton is on a campaign to eradicate the invasive weed playing havoc with his lucerne crops.

Good biosecurity practices will lessen velvetleaf outbreak - MPI

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

Southland farmers need to tighten up on-farm biosecurity.

Glyphosate debate heats up in Germany

Bernd Olligs says it's important to educate people on why  farmers should be able to use herbicides such as glysophate.

Bernd Olligs uses a weed-infested paddock on his farm to show people why using glyphosate should be allowed.

Flags fly at Silver Secateurs gallery video

National flags proudly flying at the Marlborough Silver Secateurs Competition.

Celebration of viticultural talent from around the world.

MPI slow to act over pea weevil eradication

: Mid-Canterbury arable farmer Dave Clark is angry at MPI’s four-month delay.

Canterbury arable farmers say the Ministry for Primary Industries was too slow to act to eradicate pea weevil.

Nufarm NZ expansion supports southern farmers

The opening of Nufarm NZ's new distribution hub, which quadruples its warehouse capacity.

Nufarm NZ has opened a new distribution hub on the outskirts of Christchurch

Zespri exports outside China OK

Zespri does not believe exports to other countries will be affected by the fungus issue that has hit the Chinese market.

NZ does not have to notify other markets about fungus rot on kiwifruit because it isn't a new detection.

CLAAS Feilding tops award

CLAAS farm equipment in action. The Feilding centre won a contest for service to clients.

 One of the smallest CLAAS network dealerships comes out tops for after-sales service.

Weather a 'shot in the arm'

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  Not what I had envisaged. A cold Northwest wind killed my recent intention to enjoy ...

This week's snow has provided Lake Opuha with the reserves it needs going into the irrigation season.

Southland Claas the best nationwide

Claas Harvest Centre Invercargill staff.

Southland Claas Harvest Centre is the best dealership in its national network.

Farmer puts sheep on fodder beet

Sheep on fodder beet at John Lindsay's Dipton farm.

A Southland sheep farmer is trialling fodder beet with his sheep.

Carbon on the rise

Carbon farming advocate Neil Walker says many people have been surprised by the rise in the price of carbon.

A Taranaki entrepreneur who's made money selling carbon is willing to show farmers how it's done.

Has the pea weevil already bolted?

The pea weevil was found in the Wairarapa in March. If not eradicated, could cause economic damage to New Zealand.

Farmers say the devastating pea weevil may have made it to other parts of the North Island.

Participants needed for agrichemical study

Massey University is undertaking a study on the health effects of pesticides.

The effect of agrichemicals on the health of people who apply them is the subject of a Massey University study.

Fruit to the fore

Chinese consumers have shown an increased liking for kiwifruit, to judge by the latest trade figures.

A lift in the value of fruit exports has helped offset falling dairy receipts over the past year.

Roxburgh grower places third

Roxburgh fruit grower Jack Gilchrist competes in a pruning activity in the Central Otago Young Fruit Grower competition.

A Central Otago orchardist has been awarded third place at a national young grower competition.

Sowing the seed for 2017 Taranaki Ballance awards

Taranaki Ballance Farm Environment Awards Trust chairman, Alistair Abbott, of  Eltham.

Organisers of a prestigious Taranaki farm environment contest say prospective entrants have nothing to lose.

Spring merits of sub clover

Subterranean clover is usually used as stock feed in warm climates.

Sub clover provides good feed in spring for a South Otago farming couple.

Know your beekepers

Bees can fly several kilometres to feed, but there is a limit to how many hives an area can sustain.

Although manuka honey has brought many benefits to Taranaki, its rapid growth has caused the odd hiccup too.

Big turnout at Del Boy's sale

Wendy Taggart, beside a Massey Ferguson tractor restored by her brother Brian Dalzell

Born and bred in Kaikoura, 'Del Boy' Dalzell moved to Okaramio in 1999 to house a growing rural machinery collection.

Manuka boom brings sting video

Bees R Us owner Stephen Black says cowboy beekeepers think they can get away with bringing unregistered hives to Taranaki.

Taranaki beekeepers fight as 'cowboys' muscle in on their territory with unregistered hives.

Royalburn Station yours for $16m

Royalburn Station in Central Otago is up for grabs for $16m.

A historic Central Otago farm has been put on the market, but buyers will need deep pockets.

Young Riwaka orchardist in finals

Nelson's Young Fruitgrower of the Year Tom Dalziel sorts out weedeater line during Friday's competition.

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Riwaka's Tom Dalziel has beaten off tough competition to be crowned Nelson's Young Fruit Grower for 2016.

Farming in the thick of it

Timaru farmer Shaun Miller breeds romney and suffolk rams and grows 1000 tonnes of barley each year.

With 36 mostly lifestyler neighbours looking in and the city of Timaru only minutes away, Shawn Miller's stud sheep and barley growing operation is under constant scrutiny.

Kiwifruit licences sought after

Promoting kiwifruit German-style. The SunGold variety has proved a global hit.

Kiwifruit growers have bid for licences to plant 400 ha of gold product.

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