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.

Research into fodder beet unknowns

Dairy NZ senior scientist Dawn Dalley speaks at the SIDE conference in Invercargill.

Dairy farmers taking to fodder beet as a feeding option for their cows want DairyNZ to fill in research holes about the crop.

Future looking rosy for Zespri growers

Zespri gold kiwifruit is earning a premium in the market, earning $8 a tray last year for growers.

Strong grower returns and excellent export market growth has Zespri boss Lain Jager confident about the future.

Grape crop surges

Jane Cooper says she's hoping this year's Matahiwi Wines pinot noirs will emulate the exceptional 2013 vintage.

A commentator says this year's grape vintage will offer a mixed bag.

Olive crop causes water woes

Olive Press manager Bruce McCallum says the press is doing its best to keep growers happy despite being under the pump ...

Press can't keep pace with bumper harvest as council imposes waste water restrictions.

Zespri's appeal opposed

Seeka Kiwifruit CEO Michael Franks.

Kiwifruit marketers cut out of exporting to fight Zespri court appeal.

MPI to test drones for velvetleaf

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

Drones could be enlisted in the battle to combat the spread of velvetleaf weed.

Demand for organic kiwifruit grows

Te Puke orchardist Jeff Roderick has been an organic grower for more than two decades.

The best organic kiwifruit growers are able to foot it with conventional orchardists.

Organic kiwifruit marketer cut off

Kiwifruit being graded before export to world markets.

Despite high returns to organic kiwifruit growers, Splice Fruit is barred from exporting to Austria.

Roxburgh fruit grower wins regional comp

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

Roxburgh fruit grower Jack Gilchrist is Central Otago's young fruit grower of the year.

Arable industry in good heart

Federated Farmers grain and seed group chairman Guy Wigley is happy with the scale of his arable operation.

 The arable industry has its challenges, but remains in good shape, says leader Guy Wrigley.

Winter hits farmers

Heavy clouds gather over the Ruahine range.  Winter has hit with cold weather and rain.

Winter hits farmers but they say they are prepared and stock condition and pasture levels are okay.

New kiwifruit varieties take time

A red kiwifruit variety developed by Plant & Food Research.

New Zealand's $1.9b kiwifruit industry depends on developing new novel varieties.

Soil's secrets

Soil fertility principles will be discussed at a seminar in New Plymouth next month. PHOTO:ROBERT CHARLES/FAIRFAXX NZ


Floods hit kiwifruit

Murray Winter indicates with his hand how high the water level reached during the March flood which wiped out his crop.

Golden Bay kiwifruit growers want urgent action to prevent a repeat of flood damage that devastated their crops.

Liquid gold from Taranaki

Honey bees hard at work

Black gold and white gold may have slowed in Taranaki, but liquid gold is flowing in the hinterland.

Zespri grows sales, profit

The SunGold variety is driving Zespri's profits.

Zespri's profits are set to rise as licence revenue for the SunGold variety comes on stream.

Young fruit growers vie for title

Five Central Otago fruit growers compete for regional title.

Five fruit growers are vying for the Central Otago Young Fruit Grower crown.

MPI predicts more contaminated fodderbeet

Waikato Regional Council biodiversity officer Dave Byers and Environment Southland senior land sustainability officer ...

More fodderbeet seed lines could be contaminated with velvetleaf, the Ministry for Primary Industries says.

Kiwifruit confidence high

A South Korean kiwifruit grower who contracts for Zespri. Zespri predicts annual sales volume growth in Korea of over 10 ...

Prices for kiwifruit orchards have soared as Zespri targets $3.3 billion revenue by 2020.

Velvetleaf in more seed

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

A fourth seed line has been found to be contaminated by the invasive pest weed.

First ploughing title in 50-plus years

Lincoln ploughman John Stalker does a practise run on his Massey Harris 30.

John Stalker, 78, will represent New Zealand for the first time at the world vintage ploughing champs.

Biggest vege export grows

Onions are now a $125 million export business for New Zealand.

Onion-growers weep tears of joy at news that returns have doubled on their tasty crop.

Zespri partner rejected

Seeka CEO Michael Franks says a potential oversupply of kiwifruit this season could see fruit left on the ground.

Kiwifruit New Zealand have turned down an appeal to allow two exporters to partner with Zespri.

Seed importers have no legal implications

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

Southland farmers are upset about a lack of legal action following the velvetleaf outbreak.

Irrigation scheme ready for spring

Morven Glenavy Irrigation vice-chairman Jon Kirk says the Waihao Downs irrigation scheme will be ready to go by the ...

The multi-million dollar Waihao Downs irrigation scheme will be ready for the next irrigation season. 

Near-perfect autumn planting

Federated Farmers grain and seed industry group chairman Guy Wigley says South Canterbury has had an almost-ideal autumn ...

A near-perfect autumn planting has brought cheer to South Canterbury's grain and seed farmers.

Comvita's sweet success

Comvita CEO Scott Coulter.

Natural ingredients company Comvita knows it will not reach its revenue target through honey alone, so is developing other products.

For 138 years five generations have tilled the land

John and Chris Rickard, the fourth and fifth generations to farm the  family property in Mid Canterbury.

In their 138 years on the same Mid Canterbury property, the Rickard family have experienced farming's highs and lows.

Carrot shortage on the cards

Ohakune vegetable farmers are concerned they might not be able to wash their crops if it doesn't rain soon.

The winter supply of carrots, potatoes, parsnips, brussel sprouts and swedes from Ohakune is at risk if it doesn't rain.

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