ARABLE ARCHIVES

OIO approves sale of PGW seeds to DLF

PGG Wrightson shares spiked in early NZX trading on Thursday after the Overseas Investment Office approved the sale of its seeds business.

The shares jumped 4c, or 7.7%, to 56c on five early trades. 

Farmers ready for peas’ return

One more year under a pea-growing moratorium will ensure New Zealand can deliver a powerful message to overseas customers, Federated Farmers arable industry chairwoman Karen Williams says.

Crop work went like clockwork

Cropping demonstrations across cultivation, drilling, harvesting, balage and silage proceeded without a hitch at the South Island Agricultural Field Days at Kirwee in Canterbury.

Trial site gives breeder clout

Plant breeder Seed Force has opened the gate on its new SF Henley Research Centre.

The joint-venture between farmers and French breeding company RAGT has been in business for 13 years but a recent open day was a rare insight into its agronomic field work.

Soil-saving efforts take to air

Helicropping is gathering considerable interest among farmers and advisers for the effective establishment of improved pastures and fodder crops while maintaining the soil structure and avoiding erosion. Hugh Stringleman looks at the latest trials.

Spray claim hampers earnings

In a challenging trading period PGG Wrightson’s retail and water division earnings would have beaten the record figure of a year earlier except for a $1.8 million impact from a defective spray sold to fruit growers.

Studies smoke out fire behaviour

The risk of summer fires is a constant farmers and foresters learn to live with. But the Port Hills fire in 2017 and the Nelson fire last month have brought a human threat to wildfires many Kiwis thought was confined to Australia and North America. With wildfires now affecting rural and urban people Richard Rennie spoke to Scion rural fire researcher Dr Tara Strand about how we are getting smarter at understanding rural fires.

Grains come in below par

Arable farmers are at the tail end of an ideal harvesting season but spring has taken its toll on crops.

Seed sales hit a record high

Seed sales figures for 2018 have plant breeders excited over the record high for the industry.