Take care with winter grazing

A campaign encouraging farmers to think about winter grazing management practices has begun with a focus on selecting the most appropriate paddocks for feed crops.

Nufarm to bolster balance sheet

Crop protection group Nufarm is raising more than A$300 million to bolster its balance sheet after severe drought in Australia put a hole in its earnings.

The new cash will also help fund its growth strategy, directors said.

Seeds buyer makes its case

Danish firm DLF Seeds says its research capability makes it a strong potential buyer of PGG Wrightson’s grains and seeds business.

It wants Commerce Commission clearance for the $421 million purchase announced in August.

Croppers relish mill chance

Cropping farmers are relishing the long-term opportunities sprouting from Champion Flour Milling’s national contract to supply Countdown supermarkets.

But Federated Farmers grains vice chairman Brian Leadley said growers will need time to plan.

Plant rights law review starting

Seed breeders have welcomed further progress towards reform of New Zealand’s outdated plant laws. 

A Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment discussion paper is the latest step in the process to update the Plant Varieties Rights Act to align it with international standards.

Pea imports astound local grower

A disconnect with end users is hampering cropping farmers’ ability to push the virtues of the quality products they produce, Mid Canterbury Federated Farmers arable chairwoman Joanne Burke says.

Local contract a big arable win

A big multi-year supply contract to Countdown supermarkets for local wheat and grain is regarded by the arable industry as a breakthrough.

Until this year the in-house bakeries of the more than 180 Countdown supermarkets used premixed ingredients produced here and imported from Australia.

Fertiliser research to carry on

A new lease on Canterbury’s Winchmore Research Station will ensure long-term fertiliser research will continue.

Grain shortage is on the cards

Despite a lower yielding 2017 season growers remain positive about the future of cropping but there’s less seed going in the ground this year.

Ravensdown PGP boosted

Ravensdown's Primary Growth Partnership programme has been extended to cover more geographic areas so its research outputs will be valid for 90% of hill country.