Chris Adams in his paddock of award-winning fodder at Hindon.
Photo by Peter McIntosh.
When it comes to the secret to growing a prize-winning crop,
farming newcomer Chris Adams reckons it is all about
Mr Adams was the winner of an inaugural winter crop-growing
competition, organised by the Taieri Lions and Taieri Rotary
Clubs, with his fodder beet crop.
He had always wanted to be a farmer and so he sold his
plumbing business and bought a 220ha property at Hindon.
He listened to those who had knowledge, asked questions and
took heed of what he was told. A ''bit of Mother Nature''
also helped, he said.
A charity auction held in conjunction with the competition's
prizegiving - a fund-raiser for the Otago Rescue Helicopter
Trust and the Otago Community Hospice - raised $63,000.
Mr Adams said the competition was well run and the auction
and prizegiving was a ''fun night''. He also enjoyed a recent
field day which visited the winning crops to learn more.
About 120 properties, comprising a mix of dairy and sheep and
beef, entered brassica crops in the competition.
Competition committee member Ad Bekkers said there was very
good support for the event and it was hoped to hold it again