Arable GIA work continues

Federated Farmers’ arable section is continuing discussions with the Foundation for Arable Research, the Grain and Seed Trade Association, Flour Millers Association and United Wheatgrowers on the best way to engage with Government-Industry Agreements on biosecurity readiness and response.

Arable industry honours two

An industry stalwart who has served in arable industry leadership roles for more than 30 years was honoured at the Federated Farmers arable section conference in Timaru.

New faces take on arable roles

Wairarapa cropping farmer Karen Williams made history as she took up the reins of the Federated Farmers arable section at its annual conference.

Biosecurity a hot topic for farmers

Biosecurity was a hot topic at the Federated Farmers arable conference at which the Ministry for Primary Industries received a clear message.

Quin gets back into fertiliser business

Bert Quin is back in the fertiliser business after 13 years absence, having landed two consignments of reactive phosphate rock from Algeria last week.

Sea provides inland soil boost

Much of the country south of Tokoroa in Waikato is not long out of pine trees so has tough, almost pioneering, challenges for anyone choosing to go pastoral farming there. Atiamuri couple Miah and Jenny Smith have chosen to look beyond convention to deal with some of the challenges such country brings and shared their experience with Richard Rennie.

Pea weevil ban extended

Extending the pea growing ban in Wairarapa offers the best chance of ensuring the pest insect pea weevil is eradicated, Wairarapa Federated Farmers arable chairwoman Karen Williams says.

Arable farmers cautious this autumn

After a tough summer arable farmers appear to be pulling back on planned autumn plantings.
“The flat prices of the last few years are now rebounding a bit but growers remain hesitant to plant massive areas,” Federated Farmers Arable executive member Brian Leadley said.

Gas not grass at farm field day

Ground-breaking research turning a commercial dairy farm into a living lab is starting to reveal some valuable insights for farmers seeking ways to reduce and mitigate greenhouse gases.

Moroccans defend right to mine

While visiting one of their largest phosphate rock customers, a Moroccan delegation from mining company OCP Group has also used the visit to provide a company perspective on what is proving a controversial part of the world to mine in.