Watch out for velvetleaf

Perfect growing conditions over the past season has been blamed on an increase in velvetleaf over the past two years.

A member of the mallow family, the pest weed is notoriously hard to control. According to the MPI, between 2019-21 there have been four new finds of the pest plant on properties in the North Island – two each in Auckland and Waikato – and two new finds in the South Island.

Plant-based factory to bring farmer opportunities

Construction of a new oat milk extraction plant, providing new opportunities for farmers, is expected to start in Southland within 18 months, says the head of the country’s largest user of the grain.

Seed gold needs mining

This month’s Climate Change Commission recommendations include farmers facing the prospect of reducing stocking rates to meet carbon reduction obligations. But the head of the nation’s largest seed bank is urging a closer look at what it has on hand that may offer benefits in lower methane emissions. Richard Rennie spoke to Margot Forde Germplasm Centre (MFGC) director Dr Kioumars Ghamkhar.

New crops show promise in the north

The Kaipara Kai regional development plan is midway through a busy and productive first-growing season of vegetables and peanuts, manager Matt Punter says.

Seed exports looking good

New Zealand seed export earnings have reached a record-high, despite the challenges of a difficult 2020 year.

Waiting for a ray of sunshine

Summer is a long time coming for Canterbury arable farmers waiting to get their crops off the paddocks.