'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


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


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


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

Contractors fined over pay


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

Orchard's 'vision' takes top award


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

Co-ops cut urea prices


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

NZ's top young vege grower named


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


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


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

Pasture failures a big cost


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

Kumara crisis after droughts


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

Drought hits maize yields


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

Trial sites take the biscuit

Arable farmers will be comparing notes with the mixed results of autumn-sown crop yields brought in by the Foundation for Arable Research.

A mixed picture has emerged of grain yields for autumn sown crops grown for research at Canterbury trial sites by the Foundation for Arable Research.

Mighty crops from little microbes grow

BioDiscovery co-founder Peter Wigley, front,  in the laboratory with the new global company  executive,   Marcus Meadows-Smith

Biodiscovery, A New Zealand biotech company that has spent most of its existence flying under the radar, is about to make a big noise globally.

New grape harvester steps up


A French company which designs and manufactures grape harvesting machinery has been showing off its latest harvester in NZ.

Harvest to break record


This year's NZ's grape harvest expected to be around 15 per cent higher than last year's record crop.

Hepatitis A risk from fruit low


KATIE KENNY - © Fairfax NZ News

Risk of catching Hepatitis A from potentially contaminated fruit is "relatively low", ministry says.

Lusi threatens harvest

Winery grapes

Grape growers hoping bad-weather forecasts will not put a dampener on the harvest, which is tipped to be one of the biggest and best yet.

Wine harvest under way


Hopes are high that a good growing season will translate into an excellent vintage.

Honey re-emerges as a treasure

Manuka honey bees.

Manuka honey's medicinal properties stole the show at the first Manuka Honey Seminar held in Masterton.

A difficult harvest

Harvester at work.

A drab harvest has done nothing to excite arable farmers in Mid-Canterbury.

Frost threat to harvest

Winery grapes

Overnight temperature falls to about 1 degree Celsius in Marlborough but no frost was recorded as grape harvesting cranks up.

Globetrotting seed reaper

Zane Webber

Palmerston North scientist Zane Webber has been getting plants in some wild places.

Delegat's half-year profit slides


Lower sales and higher costs has resulted in winemaker Delegat's Group's reporting a 7.6 per cent slump in net profit for the half year to December 31.

Use certified seeds, farmers warned

Pasture on a farm.

Farmers regrassing paddocks are being warned not to use uncertified seed cultivars to avoid the risk of insect pests.

Acclaimed vineyard for sale

Winery grapes

An award-winning Marlborough winery is on the market for an investor to splash the cash on.

Bumper grape crop augurs well


New Zealand wine exports are expected to continue growing this year, according to the latest Rabobank Wine Quarterly report.

Fruit fly scare over

Fruit Fly

Restrictions on the movement on fruit and vegetables in Northland have been lifted after a fruit fly scare.

Seed exports rise in value

seed harvesting

Seed exports rose in value to $192 million with many of the high value crops grown from the food bowl of Canterbury.

Cuts crucial to cope with crop

Sion Barnsley

A bumper crop is taking shape in Marlborough's vineyards, with many growers forced to cut fruit to the ground.

Challenge to feed 9.5 billion people

harvest timaru grain

OPINION: As world population climbs, grain farmers relish rise in demand, but can they do enough to satisfy it?

Fruit fly findings near

Fruit Fly

Results due soon from extra surveillance used in effort to arrest possible harm posed by biosecurity breach.

Spuds take over as favourite vege


Potatoes have nudged out tomatoes as the favourite vegetable in the shopping aisles.

Lockdown over fruit fly

fruit fly

The Far North is in horticulture lockdown following the discovery of a fruit fly.

Apple exports' success

honeycrisp apple

An orchard which exports honeycrisp, the US' most popular apple variety, wants other growers to join them.

Sheep put to use at vineyard

vineyard sheep

An innovative method of using sheep under the grape vines to achieve the annual task of leaf plucking.

Cropping for the love of it

white clover

One of Nigel Wilson's most productive (and picturesque) crops is white clover.

Organic grail sought

Muddy Water (Waipara)

Despite high initial costs and challenges, passionate growers are ditching chemical sprays to go organic.

Vineyard stake increased

Winery grapes

A Japanese company has been given approval to buy another 12.5 per cent of a Marlborough vineyard.

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