Cropping

Velvetleaf to return with changing seasons

Warm spring temperatures will result in velvetleaf sprouting in Waikato paddocks again.

Arable experts are warning Waikato farmers to look out for velvetleaf in paddocks.

Trial hemp seed crops taste success

Simon and Lou White with their children Millie, 4, George, 3, and Oscar, 1.

Technology and the environment are working hand in hand at Ludlow Farms in Central Hawke's Bay.

Kiwifruit under climate change threat

Bay of Plenty green kiwifruit production could be under threat from climate change.

Kiwifruit is under threat from climate change because of warmer winter temperatures.

Veges under the weather

Hail-damaged lettuce in Pukekohe following storms this week.

Vege growers are finding conditions trying this spring, but don't brace for higher prices just yet.

Feijoa restrictions lifted in Taranaki

The MPI has lifted its ban on moving feijoa trees in and out of Taranaki.

The MPI has removed the movement restrictions around feijoa plants in Taranaki.

Don't treat soil like dirt

Federated Farmers Southland arable chairman Chris Dillon in front of silos on his farm.

Chris Dillon doesn't treat his soil like dirt

Farmers to rally against Ardern's plans in hometown

The 7m high giant cow will provide the backdrop for a rally in support of farmers in Morrinsville on September 18.

Waikato farmers will be protesting at what they believe are unfair policies being promoted by politicians at the upcoming general election.

Intensive farm's light footprint

Pongaroa sheep and beef farmers Shaun and Tracie Baxter won the Horizons supreme award for Ballance Farm Environment ...

The McCrearys take their farm environment seriously.

Farm environment plans a 'brilliant tool', says crop grower

Leeston, Canterbury, cropping farmer David Birkett is chairman of the Foundation for Arable Research.

 

Civil action only for Zespri

Zespri has valuable rights over the SunGold kiwifruit variety for another 19 years.

Zespri might find it an uphill battle to protect its plant rights in China.

Avocado story critical for consumers

The avocado industry has to tell its story if it wants to break into the China market.

New Zealand avocado chief executive Jen Scoular asked the board for advice on entering the China market.

Zespri's aim to be a 12-month SunGold supplier

Zespri's European orchards will produce 40 million trays of gold kiwifruit when fully mature.

Zespri still has some way to go before fulfilling its long term strategy of being the world's leading kiwifruit supplier for 12 months of the year.

Forestry set to play a key role in farming's future

Planting forestry could help farmers lower their nutrient limits if nitrogen caps are imposed in the future.

Forestry will help farmers reduce their nutrient leaching and mitigate carbon emissions.

Zespri vote on constitutional changes

Zespri chairman Peter McBride speaks to shareholders at the company's annual meeting in Mount Maunganui.

Zespri shareholders will vote on proposed changes to the company's constitution in relation to how shares are held in March next year.

Thornbury to host national ploughing champs

Scott McKenzie, of Clinton, checks his furrows during the New Zealand Ploughing Championships held at Courtenay, near ...

The Thornbury Vintage Tractor and Implement Club will host the national ploughing competition next year.

Zespri looking long term to China

Zespri's China and Hong Kong country manager Lewis Pan says Zespri kiwifruit wants to be the number one choice of ...

Zespri sold $446 million of kiwifruit into the China market last season.

T&G blueberry expansion

The 'top shelf' blueberry variety developed in the United States and now licensed to T&G Global.

T&G Global will increase its blueberry growing and marketing activity through a new licence agreement.

Century orchard a good keeper

Simon Webb, the fourth generation of his family to run JR Webb and Sons' Stonehurst Orchards near Cromwell, checks ...

A fourth-generation orchardist still picking the fruit from trees planted by his great-grandfather 100 years ago.

Kiwifruit grower paid damages

A canopy used to protect kiwifruit. This one was photographed in Italy and was not manufactured by Protective Canopies Ltd.

After kiwifruit canopies failed in high winds, a grower was granted damages by the High Court.

US soaks up NZ wines

NZ wine, a 2017 snapshot.

The New Zealand wine industry has enjoyed two decades of growth and the latest annual results continue the trend.

Zespri unity an example for others

Beijing-based business adviser David Mahon said Zespri's success in the China market was a result of its unified ...

Doing business in China today requires a unified approach down the value chain.

"Remarkable" season for Zespri

Zespri chairman Peter McBride addresses  grower-shareholders at the company's annual meeting in Mount Maunganui.

 

Zespri action against grower

Zespri says it has found the grower distributing kiwifruit varieties to China.

Grower who allegedly distributed gold kiwifruit varieties to Chinese growers has licence cancelled and has to cut vines off.

Fertiliser leader wants swimmable rivers

John Henderson is chairman of Ravensdown, a fertiliser co-operative.

Ravendown's chairman is among farming leaders pledging to make rivers swimmable.

Medical exam gift for Ni-Vanuatu

At least half of Ni-Vanuatu come from northern regions, from where up until now they have had to travel long distances ...

Workers from Vanuatu who need a medical exam will not have to travel so far now.

Arable farm sells for $8.25m

The record-breaking "Three Springs" farm near Methven which sold for $57,112 per hectare.

A Mid Canterbury farm fetches a record value for cropping land.

Waimate irrigation newbie top of class

Graduates from the national certificate in irrigation system designs.

Young irrigating specialist William Bragg is already excelling in his field.

Woman first to win grower crown

Te Puke fruit grower Erin Atkinson is the first woman to win the Young Grower of the Year title.

Erin Atkinson is the first woman to win the Young Grower of the Year title in its 11-year history.

Te Mana Lamb champions good fat

Geneticist Aimee Charteris leads the work on Te Mana Lamb.

Te Mana puts the good fat back into lamb through a combination of genetics, breeding, traceability and support for farmers.

Otago land ripe for picking

Strong demand is expected for two Clyde properties with the potential for irrigation.

Scarcity of big properties with irrigation potential in Central Otago expected to prompt interest in the land.

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