ARABLE ARCHIVES

Cultivar developer will defend seed rights

PGW Seeds invests a lot of money every year developing new cultivars and associated technologies and is prepared to vigorously protect its intellectual rights, New Zealand general manager David Green says.

Is this the future of irrigation?

Curbing water consumption and the leaching of nitrogen is no easy feat but a major research programme has devised an ingenious plan. Luke Chivers explains.

GM ryegrasses ready for feeding

New glasshouses in New Zealand and United States approval for feed trials are the next steps in AgResearch’s genetically modified ryegrass trials.

NZ has ingredients for new foods

New Zealand has a great opportunity to diversify its farming base by growing protein in pulses and grains and that might extend to edible natives, arable adviser and researcher Nick Pyke says. His company name spells it out – Leftfield Innovation – as Hugh Stringleman finds

Plant protein prospects

Growing wheat instead of dairying on irrigated land could generate more protein with less energy input and much less water and greenhouse gases, environmental farming consultant Alison Dewes says.

Soils could become a carbon sink

The Interim Climate Change Committee recently ruled out using soil to store carbon on farms because the science doesn’t support it. But, as Colin Williscroft discovered, research is under way to see how that might change in the future.

Townie now award-winning farmer

A self-confessed townie who married a farmer, Karen Williams never quite envisaged the path her career would take. She talked to Annette Scott about her journey to top level industry leadership.

Huge effort for farmers recognised

South Canterbury cropping farmer Colin Hurst has been recognised for his immense contribution to the arable industry.

Hurst was crowned Arable Farmer of the Year at the Federated Farmers arable industry group 2019 awards in Wellington.