Arable sector must determine its future

The next five years will be crunch time for the arable sector that can choose to stand up and shine or remain under the radar and let the larger primary sectors direct New Zealand’s agri-economic development, Foundation for Arable Research (FAR) chief executive Alison Stewart says.

Grain yields up by 17%

The Arable Industry Marketing Initiative (AIMI) survey of cereal areas and volumes report for the harvest season 2020 shows New Zealand going against the global grain.

Seeds market good but volatile

The herbage seed sector will get more volatile and compliance will be more challenging but the outlook remains encouraging, Grain and Seed Trade Association chairman George Gerard says.

Soil scientist sees opportunities

New Royal Society Te Aparangi president-elect Brent Clothier is the first person with an agricultural science background appointed to the role since the 1980s. He spoke to Colin Williscroft.

Watson breaks own world record

Mid Canterbury arable farmer Eric Watson has broken his own Guinness World Record for the highest-yielding wheat crop.

Growers back seed levy renewal

Growers have overwhelmingly supported the seed levy, ensuring the availability of non-proprietary and uncertified herbage seeds for the next six years.

Hurst takes arable section reins

Reigning arable farmer of the year Colin Hurst has been elected chairman of Federated Farmers’ arable section.

Grain deal gets over the line

The arable sector’s biosecurity partnership has been signed.

Five key members have joined forces to form Seed and Grain Readiness and Response to work with the Government to protect the industry from new weed, pest and disease incursions.