Hort win tastes sweet for wine man

Caleb Dennis won more than $14000 in prizes as well as this a cast glass sculpture by artist Evelyn Dunstan as Young Horticulturalist of the Year.

Caleb Dennis winner of the national Viticulturist of the Year is now the new Young Horticulturist of the Year.

Fruit picking delayed

Blueberry harvest is on target at WindSong Organic Orchard in Marlborugh.

But fruit fans will not miss out on Marlborough stone fruit at Christmas.

Rural areas on 'powder keg'

Rural fire fighters battle fire and high winds putting out a machinery fire in Southland

Farmers are warned the fire risk in rural areas remains high.

Feed barley sowing drops from lower dairying demand

Feed barley sowing is down, but milling wheat planting is much higher.

Feed grain sowing is back from less demand from the dairy industry.

Fields of gold a tourism magnet

Wanaka resident Liz Carlson walks through Peter Callaghan's rapeseed crop at Mt Michael.

Tourists trampling over pristine rapeseed crop to get the perfect social media snap might annoy a grouchier farmer.

The facts about bacterial blast

Cankers are a sign of bacterial blast infection

Bacterial blast can be lethal for stonefruit trees, so if it strikes your home orchard you’ll need to act fast.

Dry weather ushers in cherry picking

Myrian Waser, of Germany, looks at the early variety Earlise at Kiwi Cherries in Blenheim.

The Marlborough cherry season will be off to a sweet start this week.

Close customer relationship key for Sunfruit Orchards

Workers inspect apples prior to the fruit being packed for shipment at Sunfruit Orchards near Ohaupo. Its 330ha of crop averages about 80 tonnes to the hectare across all fruit species.

Sunfruit Orchards value their close relationship with their customers. It ensures they are being satisfied with their needs around nutrition, taste, crispness and value.

Farming under the radar

Richard Brewer, with microphone, talks about the sheep and beef unit he operates with wife Jenni and brother William at Makowhai, near Hawera, during Beef+Lamb New Zealand's Under the Radar field day showcasing the partnerships' multi-faceted enterprise.

Brewer brothers showcased their integrated farming enterprise

We went organic - and survived gallery

Roz with her homegrown garlic, which grows brilliantly in the Wairarapa climate.

Can you build a profitable smallholding by sticking wholly to organic principles? One couple did just that in Wairarapa.

Diet fads hit grain eating

Grain growers wonder if wheat plantings will be pulled back by fads.

Dieting fads are dramatically altering the consumption of grains.

Where the best beer malt is grown

Gabi and Doug Michael have built a thriving malting business, using barely grown  on their farm near Dunsandel, Canterbury.

Canterbury barley growers tell Tony Benny how they've become market-leading producers of the vital ingredient of the fast-growing craft beer industry.

Vineyards battle frost

A helicopter hovers over a Marlborough vineyard.

Helicopters took to the skies over Marlborough on Thursday morning to battle the biggest frost of this year's grapegrowing season.

Hastings' GM ban faces farmer challenge

Some Hawke's Bay fruit growers say marketing the region as GM-free will provide a major economic boost, a view that is disputed by Federated Farmers.

Farmer lobby group is going to the Environment Court in a bid to overcome Hastings council's bid to ban GM crops and animals in its district.

Arable group to hold North Island event

There will be 12 different presentations on a wide variety of subjects at FAR's new one-off field event at their Tamahere site in December.

FAR are holding a field event at their northern crop research site at Tamahere, near Hamilton in December.

Growing garlic has its own rewards

Last seasons ajo rojo garlic grown by Waikato growers Richard and Tony Catos.

There are so many good things about growing garlic, Waikato's only large scale garlic growers Richard and Tony Cato say.

Vegetable business a family affair

Maurice Balle from Balle Brothers checks onion seedlings on their Waharoa site. Altogether, the business produces about 100,000 tonnes of potatoes, onions and carrots a year.

Growing vegetables is in the blood for the Balle family.

Claim of $376m in kiwifruit case

The Psa virus had a devastating impact on the kiwifruit industry when it appeared in 2010. Now growers and packhouses are suing the Government for damages.

A total of 212 growers and post-harvest operators are claiming losses.

Doomsayer talk wrong about farm-saved seed

Plant breeder leader Thomas Chin says farmers will not be obliged to use any seed they do not want to pay for.

Farmers will not be trapped into no longer saving seed each year, say plant breeders.

This is war: how to tackle codling moth

An adult codling moth (Cydia pomonella) - too late to treat them now!

Codling moth caterpillars are inconspicuous little creatures that eat your apple cores and leave brown exit holes

Onions NZ signs GIA in Pukekohe

Minister of Primary Industries Nathan Guy, chief executive officer of Onions NZ Michael Ahern and Hunua MP Andrew Bayley sign the Deed of the Government Industry Agreement.

Onions New Zealand signed the Deed of the Government Industry Agreement (GIA) for biosecurity readiness and response on Friday at a ceremony in Pukekohe.

Dam a boost for fruit growers

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy outlines the benefits of the Waimea dam proposal during the launch of a ministry report about the Waimea Plains.

Nelson's Waimea Dam will deliver major economic and environmental benefits, minister says.

Ploughing the perfect well-turned furrow

Gladstone  ploughman Steve Muggeridge, has his  clydesdales in harness.

Ploughing fans from around the North Island followed the furrows to Takapau in central Hawke’s Bay. Kate Taylor captured the action.

Grazing land under pressure in Marlborough

Available grazing land may become more scarce in Marlborough as vineyards expand.

A Marlborough dairy farmer has warned of a future shortage of available grazing land in the region as vineyards expand.

From biodiesel to food oil crop

About 50 growers supply Pure Oil with rapeseed, known for its distinctive bright yellow flower in spring.

A Canterbury company is turning NZ-grown oilseed rape into a high-quality food-grade oil.  

Worries of another disastrous summer

Lake Opuha in South Canterbury is full again after falling so low last summer that irrigation had to cease.

BEFORE the irrigators are even turned on, farmers on the Opuha scheme in South Canterbury have been put on 50 per cent restriction as anxiety grows that last year's disastrous season could be repeated.

Sacrifices made when the water runs out

South Canterbury grower Tony Howey lost hundreds of thousands of dollars last year when irrigation was restricted and then stopped altogether.

TONY HOWEY grows carrots, onions, potatoes, wheat, grass seed and organic black currants  and  relies on irrigation for all those crops. When water restrictions and then a complete shutdown came in last summer his business was hit hard.

Ex-peanut boss jailed over salmonella

Prosecutors said the Parnell brothers covered up the presence of salmonella in the company's peanut products for years.

Boss jailed for 28 years after salmonella outbreak killed nine people.

Seed smuggler sentenced for sneaking corn into country

New Zealand's valuable corn-growing industry was put at risk when a man tried to smuggle corn seeds into the country.

A man convicted of smuggling seeds into the country had researched how to do it legally before opting for an illegal route.

Grass growth causes concern

Western Southland farmer Graeme Black checks for signs of spring grass growth.

A lack of spring grass growth is causing angst among some Southland farmers.

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