Cropping

Que syrah syrah

Wine sales

NZ can claim another victory over Australians - British wine drinkers prefer our vino to theirs.

Seeds rendered worthless

Carrots in flower for seed

Some Canterbury farmers are facing big losses after bad weather ruined their seed crops.

Farmers feel drinking change

cheers

Fewer people are drinking beer and farmers are getting a hangover.

Hemp touted as crop

marijuana

Farmers growing a variety of cannabis could take Southland's economy to new highs.

Residues in fruit, vegetables

fruit

New study finds the presence of neonicatinoid residues in many fruit, vegetables and pollen in the US and NZ.

Maize options highlighted

maize

Maize silage is the cheapest option for dairy farmers to add extra feed to cows, a supplier says.

Soil mapping tech steps forward

Smart Ag Solutions general manager Seaun Lovell

Four cropping farmers were so smitten with the precision of a soil sampling machine that they brought it back with them from the US.

Grower lauds 'wonder fuel'

Matthew Malcolm

Sugar beet touted as the new wonder fuel by grower who is now harvesting sugar beet for the dairy market.

Apple exporter seeks new money

Apples

Scales Corporation plans to sell shares to the public in the hopes of raising up to $187 million.

Funds boost for NZ avocados

Avocados

Taranaki Daily News

The avocado industry has been given a boost with the signing of a partnership deal between the Avocado Industry Council and the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Getting in the olive groove

Helen Meehan of Olivo olives in Martinborough

Olive grower credits work colleagues at Telecom for instilling the necessary marketing nous to make business a success.

Kiwifruit bounces back

kiwifruit

Kiwifruit volumes are bouncing back after the devastating Psa disease which wreaked havoc on orchards following its arrival in 2010.

Horowhenua a vege bowl

Woodhaven

A tour of some of market gardens has given movers and shakers more insight into the importance of vegetable crops to Horowhenua.

Fruit trees replace sheep

McIntosh

Earnscleugh fruit grower Wayne McIntosh is passionate about growing top quality fruit and marketing it for the greatest possible return.

Old apple tree has experts stumped

Apples

Horticulturists are puzzled at the survival skills of an ancient apple tree.

Scales Corp to list

Apples

The apple marketer will issue a prospectus mid-month with a listing expected in late July.

Organic farmer loses GM fight

Organic farmer Steve Marsh has lost his court case against neighbour Michael Baxter over GM crop contamination.

In a landmark court decision, a judge has ruled against a West Australian organic farmer who was suing his neighbour for allegedly contaminating his farm with genetically modified canola.

Better farming boosts harvest

Cows, grain

Grain yields have grown by 108,000 tonnes since 2008, which would be worth an extra $43 million today.

Big wet bugs grain growers

South Canterbury flooding

Frustrated grain growers are resigned to missing out on planting autumn sown crops because of boggy conditions.

Nitrate limit called too strict

tukituki river

Growers and orchardists would struggle to keep to the nutrient limits set for the Tukitiki River, HortNZ says.

Kiwifruit growers bounce back

kiwifruit

Psa disease is still a problem but a gold variety offers hope.

Bumper apple harvest lifts value

Apples

This year's apple harvest is likely to be down slightly from last year's super crop, with a rising portion going to Asian markets.

Foley makes formal offer for vineyard

Vineyard

Listed wine company Foley Family Wines has made a formal takeover offer for Martinborough Vineyard.

Bumper apple crop tips the Scales

Andy Borland of Scales

Soaring Asian demand for sweet red apples produced a year of bounty for Scales Corporation.

Onions, apples lead lift

Onions

New Zealand onions and apples are proving a hit with overseas consumers.

Excess fruit cut to ground

Grapes

A Marlborough winery that capped its fruit intake has made the heartbreaking decision to drop excess fruit to the ground.

Crop-seed farmers pressured by rain

radish seeds

Canterbury's prolonged wet spell is threatening the supply of specialist seed and cereal crops.

'Albino' kumara grown

A standard red-skinned Kumara.

Could white kumara be the next thing for Kiwi cuisine lovers to sink their teeth into?

Little-known moth plagues farmers

Plantain moth

A native moth is causing trouble for North Island farmers trying to prepare for drought.

Vital mission down south for wasps

Mite infected wasp

Scientists are nearing the halfway mark of their target of sucking up one million wasps from Canterbury paddocks and sending them to Southland to combat the clover root weevil.

Grape harvests beat rain

Grape harvester.

Nelson wineries are relieved the region's grape harvest has largely finished ahead of prolonged rain.

T&G buys Apollo Apples for $36m

Apples

Horticulture marketer and distributor buys Hawke's Bay apple producer to feed growing export markets.

Vintner tries luck with pinot

Pierre Casenave

A French winemaker from famous Champagne house Veuve Clicquot is working his magic at a Marlborough winery.

Rain frustrates wine industry

harvest

Rain continues to cause stress for Marlborough's wine industry, but it's not only growers and wineries feeling the pain.

Winemaking magic

Winemaker Hamish Clark

The pressure is on - there are still tonnes of grapes to be brought in, and winter is closing in

Fungicide resistance shock

milling wheat

Wheat growers suffer another blow with confirmation that NZ wheat has developed resistance to fungicides controlling speckled leaf blotch.

Ambitious avocado plan

avocado

NZ's avocado industry is planning to triple productivity per hectare and quadruple industry returns over the next nine years.

Contractors fined over pay

Grapes

A vineyard contracting business is fined more than $2000 for not paying staff wages and holiday pay.

Orchard's 'vision' takes top award

Apples

An industry-leading Central Otago orchard has won the supreme title in the 2014 Otago Ballance Farm Environment Awards.

Co-ops cut urea prices

urea

Ravensdown and Ballance Agri-Nutrients cut prices to coincide with farmers applying more fertiliser.

NZ's top young vege grower named

Veges

Pukekawa crop manager Brett Parker is crowned New Zealand Young Vegetable Grower.

CPW irrigation funding complete

Rakaia River

The Central Plains Water Scheme is the first to receive a Crown leg up.

Councils back scheme

irrigator

A massive South Canterbury irrigation scheme has received the financial backing of two district councils.

Take care in regrassing decisions

drought, dry pasture

Each paddock should be classified as to whether it will or won't survive, or is in doubt, farmers advised.

Ban Aussie fruit and veg imports

Passionfruit

We must immediately ban all imports of fruit and vegetables from areas the Queensland fruitfly lives.

Pasture failures a big cost

pasture

A big gap in the dairy industry's knowledge of why ryegrass pastures misfire is being closed by researchers.

Kumara crisis after droughts

kumara

Disappointment as kumara chips in short supply for the second year in a row.

Farmers eye shelter belt options

shelterbelt storm

Farmers may look to slower growing, less wind-catching shelter belts after storm damage last year.

Court rejects kiwifruit growers' claim

kiwifruit

Kiwifruit farmers say Turners & Growers' relationship with growers hasn't improved, as required by regulator.

Drought hits maize yields

Harvesting

Maize silage harvest on Waikato farms has been hugely variable as a result of the drought.

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