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.

Feed grain not among good options

Good returns for store lambs and strong signals from the milling industry mean arable farmers are opting out of autumn feed grain plantings.

PGG Wrightson banks seeds sale cash

PGG Wrightson’s new board of directors expects to make a recommendation soon on a capital return to shareholders following the completed sale of the seeds business.

The $426 million cash payment was received from buyer DLF Seeds today.

OIO approves sale of PGW seeds to DLF

PGG Wrightson shares spiked in early NZX trading on Thursday after the Overseas Investment Office approved the sale of its seeds business.

The shares jumped 4c, or 7.7%, to 56c on five early trades. 

Farmers ready for peas’ return

One more year under a pea-growing moratorium will ensure New Zealand can deliver a powerful message to overseas customers, Federated Farmers arable industry chairwoman Karen Williams says.