Winning the war against potato pest

Charles Merfield with mesh which is more successful in warding off pests than chemicals.

A scientist is holding out hope for a non-chemical way of dealing with an insect that attacks potatoes.

Weed now resistant to herbicide

Farmers need to rotate crops more often to cope with weed resistance to herbicides.

Weed resistance to herbicides is becoming an increasing problem on NZ farms.

100 cows hit by natural poison

Ergot toxicity appears only sporadically in dairy herds nationally.

Farmers put down cows suffering after eating a fungus in their feed in Southland and Otago.

Toxic fungus killing dairy cows

Infected ryegrass has caused illness and death in southern dairy cows.

Three dairy farms in Southland and South Otago have reported fungus-infected ryegrass causing death and illness in cows.

Avocadoes on the up

Avocados are the most photographed fruit on Instagram and a favourite with millennials.

The avocado industry is enjoying a period of growth, underpinned by good export returns.

Levy to fall for fruit and vege growers

Hort NZ president Julian Raine credits prudent cost controls for enabling a fall in the growers' levy. 

Julian ...

Hort NZ wants to pass a motion that reduces what people have to pay to run their organisation.

I see red, I see red, I see red

One of the many examples of red kiwifruit being developed by Plant & Food scientists and Zespri.

The plant breeding programme that developed the SunGold kiwifruit are growing a new red kiwifruit.

Fonterra's freshwater cleanup goal

Fonterra is keen to help restore 50 freshwater catchments to make them swimmable.

Fonterra wants to play a great role in helping improve the country's freshwater quality.

High veggie prices to continue

Shoppers are unlikely to get a respite from high vegetable prices.

Vegetables are rotting in damp paddocks in some areas, meaning fewer potatoes and other winter staples.

GM potato import mystery

In the 2000s, Dr Tony Conner from Plant and Food Research at Lincoln University developed GM potatoes with increased ...

Concern about growing number of genetically engineered foods here as US firm applies to bring in more.

Cashing in on cannabis?

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Oil Seed Extractions Ltd
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The legal cannabis industry could be significantly more profitable than traditional agricultural production.

Slippery solution for waste farm oil

Farmers will be able to drop off soft plastics like silage wrapping.

A scheme allowing farmers to dispose of waste oil sustainably is being trialed in Leeston and Darfield.

Farmers lose $300,000 silage claim

Cows refused to eat silage but it was not the contractor's fault, the High Court adjudged.

The High Court has found a contractor did not breach his duties after silage proved to be not up to the mark.

Harm to bees unclear

The focus should go on the known problems for New Zealand bees, says Victoria University insect ecologist Professor Phil ...

Many growers and farmers rely on the insecticides neonicotinoids, but more work's needed into the effects on bees.

New Feds meat and fibre leader

Southburn sheep farmer Miles Anderson is the new Feds meat and fibre sector chairman.

Southburn sheep farmer Miles Anderson is the new Federated Farmers national chairman for meat and fibre.

DIY fix for orchard flood woes

Smoky Fry in the hazelnut orchard that gets flooded regularly.

A Motueka couple frustrated by flood damage to their orchard have offered to loan the council money to fix the problem.

Investor fails good character test

Trinity Hill, one of the country's leading wineries, is known for its red wine from grapes grown on Hawke's Bay's ...

Trinity Hill winery says it's business as usual as lead investor is sent to prison in the US.

The little weed threatening NZ

Seddon farmer Tim Struthers discusses the spraying programme he has introduced to fight Chilean Needle Grass on his property.

It used to be a farmers' problem, but it could threaten the country's other 'cash cow': tourism.

Kiwifruit golden times to come

Economics Professor Frank Scrimgeour from the University of Waikato predicts a big increase in the value of kiwifruit ...

Kiwifruit will be a big job creator as well as income earner, a report looking ahead 13 years says.

Nut orchard 'dead in the water' video

Smoky Fry in the hazelnut orchard that gets flooded regularly.

Hazelnut growers threaten to fill council stormwater drain with concrete after floods cost thousands in lost crops.

Back from the brink

At the height of the Psa outbreak, kiwifruit orchard prices fell to bare land value.

Seven years after the devastating discovery of Psa, New Zealand's kiwifruit industry is thriving.

US-owned grain facility planned

A palm kernel storage shed near Ngamotu Beach in New Plymouth.

Multinational US food processor to set up storage and distribution facility in Taranaki.

Small hereford stud takes big strides

The Scott family, from left to right, Henry, Annabelle, Fiona, Paul  and Megan of Matatoki Hereford Stud.

Matatoki Stud is on an upward spiral, having won supreme champion hereford bull at the Beef Expo.

Record kiwifruit orchard sale

A buyer has paid a record setting price for a kiwifruit orchard.

People have been taking bets on when it would happen - an orchard has sold for over $1m a hectare.

Family grow wheat for 125 years

Hayden Mackenzie, left, is the fourth generation of his family on Stover Farm and is working to take over from his ...

Three generations of Mackenzies have farmed Stover and now every effort is being made to make sure it will stay in the family for at least another generation.

Robot revolution coming for farming

The Autonomous Multipurpose Mobile Platform robot is a prototype designed to harvest kiwifruit.

New technologies including robotics and sensors will ensure New Zealand farmers retain a premium for their products on the world market.

Lain Jager named top communicator

Lain Jager, chief executive of Zespri.

Kiwifruit chief wins top communications award

Avocados surge in price

Avocado prices have risen sharply over the last week.

It's a far cry from the great avocado shortage of 2016, but prices are still steep at up to $7.50 each.

Double reason to celebrate 150 years

Bob and Nancy Allan hold two brass plaques presented by the New Zealand Century Farm and Station Awards in 2006 and 2017 ...

Heavy soils that allow a North Otago farm to hang on longer in drought have kept a family on the land since 1864.

Farmers can smile after tough year

Plenty of farms in Waikato and Bay of Plenty are still recovering from flooding in April.

Farmers are more upbeat after a hard season.

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