Long-term relationship endures

A 30-year relationship between Ballance in New Zealand and a growing African conglomerate is reaping benefits for both parties, despite a gulf of 18,000km between them.

Maize breeders lower footprint

Maize agronomists are starting to enjoy some success in grappling with the paradox of continuing to increase crop yields without also increasing environmental impact.

Brassica buyers in line for refunds

The 556 farmers supplied incorrectly labelled swede seed will be fully refunded by seed merchant PGG Wrightson Seed at a cost of more than $2 million.

Tough year but grain outlook good

The past 12 months have been a mixed bag for arable farmers looking forward to better times ahead, Federated Farmers grains chairman Brian Leadley says.

Human error means farmers got wrong brassica seed

PGG Wrightson Seeds has inadvertently sold HT-S57 brassica seed, which in 2014 was responsible for toxicity in cattle and sheep.

The 2014 winter was exceptionally mild, which caused compounds in the brassica to elevate as the plant started the reproduction cycle. 

PGG Wrightson seed manager David Green said it would be keeping an eye on the weather.

Seed exports provide continuing success

Seed and grain exports increased by 20% last year to earn New Zealand $216 million with further growth projecting export revenue to reach $240m by 2022.

Latest trade statistics show seed produced in NZ commands a premium over that exported by competitors, including the United States, Australia and Chile.

According to traders that is due largely to the local industry’s focus on quality and reliability of supply.