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.

Spray claim hampers earnings

In a challenging trading period PGG Wrightson’s retail and water division earnings would have beaten the record figure of a year earlier except for a $1.8 million impact from a defective spray sold to fruit growers.

Studies smoke out fire behaviour

The risk of summer fires is a constant farmers and foresters learn to live with. But the Port Hills fire in 2017 and the Nelson fire last month have brought a human threat to wildfires many Kiwis thought was confined to Australia and North America. With wildfires now affecting rural and urban people Richard Rennie spoke to Scion rural fire researcher Dr Tara Strand about how we are getting smarter at understanding rural fires.

Grains come in below par

Arable farmers are at the tail end of an ideal harvesting season but spring has taken its toll on crops.

Seed sales hit a record high

Seed sales figures for 2018 have plant breeders excited over the record high for the industry.

Seeds merger won’t stymie rivalry

Commerce Commission clearance for the takeover of PGG Wrightson Seeds supports what it said from the start, DLF Seeds New Zealand general manager Tom Bruynel says.

Kiwi croppers share expertise

Top Kiwi farmers are showing America’s best arable producers how to grow premium wheat and barley as a crop rotation.

The world-record holders for wheat and barley yield are set to again impress a discerning American crowd with crops produced by remote control.

Trade deal sows seeds of success

New Zealand’s near $200 million dollar grain and seed exports will benefit from the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership, Grain and Seed Trade Association general manager Thomas Chin says.