Constant change the arable norm

Constant change will become the norm as the arable industry meets the growing demand for homegrown food, Arable Industry Food Council chairman Ivan Lawrie says.

At a recent food hui organised by Eat New Zealand and attended by financiers, farmers, activists, chefs and tourism entrepreneurs Lawrie was surprised to hear of the relatively high volumes of organic flour being imported from Australia by top-end Auckland bakeries.

Ryegrass research focus on fats

AgResearch is not concerned about the development of a conventionally bred ryegrass that could rival its work using genetic modification to create a high metabolisable energy ryegrass.

Agricultural seed company Germinal is developing a new variety of ryegrass using conventional plant breeding methods with no gene editing or modification required.

Study puts arable technology on pasture

A project to adapt technology used for variable rate application of fertiliser on arable crops to work on pasture is showing is showing initial promise.

Waikato dry but farmers are coping

Waikato farming representatives have opted against recommending the Government declare the region in drought – for now.

Strong demand drives seed sales

Strong global demand for New Zealand seed has driven exponential growth in export sales over the past five years.

Latest trade data shows export sales at $239.4 million for 2019, up 38% on the $173m in 2015.

While NZ exports more than 30 different seed types, internationally pasture seed and vegetable seed are the key export categories with ryegrass and clover sales at $109m.

Grains harvest shaping up well

Cropping farmers across the country are chomping at the bit eager to get their headers onto what is shaping up to be a late but good harvest season, Federated Farmers arable sector grains chairman Brian Leadley says.

Winter crops help meet feed deficit

Southern farmers may have to consider sowing alternative winter crops as cold weather reduces the time available to establish traditional spring-sown varieties.

Hailstorm hits arable crops hard

Canterbury cropping farmers face hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses following a vicious hailstorm that pummelled the area last week.