Waikato dry but farmers are coping

Waikato farming representatives have opted against recommending the Government declare the region in drought – for now.

Strong demand drives seed sales

Strong global demand for New Zealand seed has driven exponential growth in export sales over the past five years.

Latest trade data shows export sales at $239.4 million for 2019, up 38% on the $173m in 2015.

While NZ exports more than 30 different seed types, internationally pasture seed and vegetable seed are the key export categories with ryegrass and clover sales at $109m.

Grains harvest shaping up well

Cropping farmers across the country are chomping at the bit eager to get their headers onto what is shaping up to be a late but good harvest season, Federated Farmers arable sector grains chairman Brian Leadley says.

Winter crops help meet feed deficit

Southern farmers may have to consider sowing alternative winter crops as cold weather reduces the time available to establish traditional spring-sown varieties.

Hailstorm hits arable crops hard

Canterbury cropping farmers face hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses following a vicious hailstorm that pummelled the area last week.

Spreaders squeezed on fert timing

Overseer's prescriptive approach to nutrient application and pressure from regional councils on fertiliser timing are putting greater pressure on contractors in the busy spring season, they say.

Strong demand shows in plantings

Strong demand for milling wheat is a highlight of the latest Arable Industry Marketing Initiative survey signally promising signs in the drive for milling wheat self-sufficiency.

Grain growers down in the dumps

Crops are establishing well and prices are looking better this season but arable farmers are not brimming with confidence, Federated Farmers arable vice-chairman Brian Leadley says.

Cultivar developer will defend seed rights

PGW Seeds invests a lot of money every year developing new cultivars and associated technologies and is prepared to vigorously protect its intellectual rights, New Zealand general manager David Green says.