Opportunity lies in field peas

The appetite for plant-based meat substitutes has emerged as more than just a fad with consumer preferences now demanding specific brands and ingredients.

Northland enjoys grass bounty

Northland farmers are knee-deep in grass and enjoying what one long-term rural professional called the best spring growth seen in many years.

Hemp a pathway to healthier vines, skin

A career arc that includes nursing, grape-growing, hemp composting and a skincare range may not outwardly have a thread to it, but on closer inspection, Blenheim vineyard co-owner Kirsty Harkness has found some valuable synergies that have contributed to her latest venture. She spoke to Richard Rennie.

No vote a missed opportunity for hemp industry

The no vote majority in the referendum asking whether to legalise cannabis usage in New Zealand has been called a missed opportunity by New Zealand Hemp Industries Association (NZHIA) chair Richard Barge.

Labour shortages inflate PKE spot prices

Covid-19 related labour issues on palm oil plantations in Malaysia and Indonesia have pushed palm kernel (PKE) prices to $347 a tonne on the New Zealand spot market.

Soil moisture levels a growing concern

Waikato paddocks may be looking lush and green in the spring flush, but beneath the surface are growing concerns with the dryness of the region’s soils and subsoils.

Challenge to keep pastures resilient

Commercial plant breeders are united in efforts to help deliver New Zealand farmers better options when it comes to selecting for more resilient pastures in years to come.

Establishment key to successful hemp crop

Blair Drysdale is into his third season of growing hemp on his Southland farm and is still fine-tuning how it fits into his crop rotations.

He grows 10ha of hemp on his 320-hectare farm, harvesting the seeds which are then pressed into oil and sold online.