Urea prices hit 10-year high

Soaring international demand and rising energy costs has sent urea prices skyrocketing to a 10-year high to reach just under $800 per tonne.

Wheat grower award entries now open

Wheat growers keen to rate their crops against the best in the country need to get their entries in now for the 2021 United Wheatgrowers Bayer wheat awards.

Miscanthus offers multiple fuel and farm options

As the nation decarbonises and does away with coal-fired boilers, a little-known crop could hold the key to fuelling those boilers and the nation’s diesel fleet in the near future. Richard Rennie spoke to Miscanthus NZ founder Peter Brown about the all-round super plant offering farmers a new cropping opportunity.

Hemp industry told to build partnerships

Find trusted partners through the supply chain and put the customer at the core of everything.

That is the advice New Zealand Merino (NZM) marketing and development manager Hadleigh Smith has for the hemp industry as it looks to capitalise on the worldwide megatrends around heath and sustainability.

In many ways, the industry is at the same point the fine wool industry was 20 years ago, before it embarked on its own and partnered with companies such as Icebreaker and Swanndri.

Milling wheat takes a hit

An industry drive to increase the use of New Zealand-grown milling wheat is under threat as farmers grapple with a new grain procurement regime.

In a project started in 2017, the arable industry has been working towards increasing the use of NZ-grown milling grain.

Catch crops reduce nitrate leaching

Catch crops are proving their worth as a management tool to reduce nitrate leaching.

Plant & Food Research, Lincoln Agritech and AgResearch scientists shared the findings of a catch crop used for a cleaner freshwater research project at a workshop in Darfield.

Hemp needs more support

An export-driven hemp industry is forecast to be worth $2 billion and create 20,000 regional jobs by 2030, but there are challenges along the way.

Lack of skill costs contractors

Inexperienced Kiwi farm machinery operators are costing the industry stress, accidents and insurance claims, a new survey of Rural Contractor NZ (RCNZ) members has revealed.

Hitting our target

The Climate Change Commission is suggesting we need to reduce livestock numbers by up to 15% to enable agriculture to meet its methane emission targets. This week the Farmers Weekly begins a series looking at the implications of such a drop and what options are available.