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.

Arable sector faces a huge system change

The transition facing the arable sector is a huge challenge, Foundation for Arable Research chief executive Alison Stewart says.

External challenges including environmental compliance and the right to farm, post-border and on-farm biosecurity, crop protection and economic sustainability mean the sector must now address how the future looks.

GE necessary to meet farm goals

Many indicators signal a global slow-down in growth but whether they are a problem or an opportunity is the decision cropping farmers need to make, agriculturalist Andy Macfarlane says.

Plant breeder’s world role

The appointment of a New Zealand representative to the International Seed Federation board is key to local plant breeders staking a peg on the global radar, Plant Breeders Association general manager Thomas Chin says.

Road-testing pasture options

Diversified forages hold a great deal of promise for Northland farmers who routinely battle wet winters and dry summers and must factor in kikuyu grass. The results from a provincial project will also be applicable elsewhere in the country, Hugh Stringleman found out.

Arable family ploughs long row

Willingness to experiment and diversify is a key focus for cropping farmers Syd and Earl Worsfold with the father and son duo taking out the top honours in New Zealand’s premier grain growing awards. They talked to Annette Scott.

Drought sounds wheat warning

Bread and baking prices are about to rise with grain growers keen to reap any opportunity that presents.

The opportunities for them stem not just from the devastating two years of drought in Australia , Federated Farmers arable chairwoman Karen Williams says.

Carbon goes on the arable menu

Carbon will be on the agenda at the Foundation for Arable Research conference next month.

The introduction of the Zero Carbon Bill to Parliament has been a major talking point in agricultural circles.

World spots make contest tough

The best of the best ploughers from across the country contested the national Ploughing Championships in Mid Canterbury.