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.

Crop work went like clockwork

Cropping demonstrations across cultivation, drilling, harvesting, balage and silage proceeded without a hitch at the South Island Agricultural Field Days at Kirwee in Canterbury.

Trial site gives breeder clout

Plant breeder Seed Force has opened the gate on its new SF Henley Research Centre.

The joint-venture between farmers and French breeding company RAGT has been in business for 13 years but a recent open day was a rare insight into its agronomic field work.

Soil-saving efforts take to air

Helicropping is gathering considerable interest among farmers and advisers for the effective establishment of improved pastures and fodder crops while maintaining the soil structure and avoiding erosion. Hugh Stringleman looks at the latest trials.