Early grass trials promising

Early field trials have affirmed laboratory results an AgResearch-developed genetically modified ryegrass offers environmental and productivity benefits though New Zealand laws might prevent it from ever being grown here.

Bumper harvest boosts confidence

Rises in both yields and prices have provided a much needed confidence boost in a complete turnaround for maize growers.

Demand grows for cherry land

Demand for land to grow cherries has been a significant recent feature of the Central Otago rural property market.

Slow process for weevil money

Wairarapa farmers facing the third year of a ban on growing peas want the Primary Industries Ministry to stump up with promised compensation.

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.