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NZ's competitive edge needs outlined

NZ's competitive edge needs outlined

More young people choosing agri-science careers and more scientists prepared to work with farmers are needed to maintain New Zealand's competitive edge, Ballance Agri-Nutrients science extension officer Jeff Morton says.

Korean strain of RHD studied for use in NZ

Korean strain of RHD studied for use in NZ

The Otago Regional Council (ORC) is hoping research by Australian scientists will provide another tool in the fight for rabbit control, director of environmental monitoring Jeff Donaldson says.

Vaccine failure still a mystery

Vaccine supplier MSD Animal Health still does not know why its ''Scabine'' vaccine for scabby mouth in lambs has failed to ''take'' on farms throughout Southland and Otago.

Dairy meeting most water quality targets

It will be important for the dairy companies to provide more support and resources to farmers The dairy industry is taking its commitments to water quality improvement seriously.

Farmhand graduate praises training

Farmhand graduate praises training

''Oh, mate, I'm just overwhelmingly chuffed,'' a delighted Emma Hollamby said after graduating from the inaugural Farmhand training programme.

Invention keeps irrigators stable

Invention keeps irrigators stable

It looks deceptively simple but it has the potential to prevent hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage to irrigators.

Hundreds attend Crops 2014 expo

Hundreds attend Crops 2014 expo

People from all areas of the arable industry converged on Mid Canterbury farmland last week to catch the latest news on arable research, cultivars, chemicals, fertiliser and machinery.

Break crops lift productivity

Break crops lift productivity

Arable growers must think beyond individual crops, work in a two to four-year time frame and capture the synergies from one crop to another, Australian researcher John Kirkegaard told those who attended the Foundation for Arable Research's (FAR) field day last week.

Rotation of herbicides recommended

Chemical groups must be rotated if herbicide resistance is to be avoided, the arable industry was told at last week's Foundation for Arable Research (Far) field day at Chertsey.

Looking at increasing barley yield

Research looking at double cropping barley in one season is being conducted this year.

Cereal yields dependent on more grain per square metre

Cereal yields dependent on more grain per square metre

Our work at NIAB with synthetic wheat is truly ground-breaking and offers a non-genetically modified way forward.

National success for accidental auctioneer

National success for accidental auctioneer

Persistence paid off for Cam Bray at the Canterbury A&P Show last month. The PGG Wrightson auctioneer won the Heartland Bank Young Auctioneers Competition, held during the 152nd annual show, at his third attempt, beating seven other auctioneers from throughout the country.

Ways to cut spray drift many, expo-goers told

Ways to cut spray drift many, expo-goers told

Spray drift is avoidable, with many technologies available to reduce unwanted drift, regardless of the application.

Anti-psyllid mesh proves effective

Anti-psyllid mesh proves effective

Fine plastic mesh covering is proving effective in controlling the tomato/potato psyllid on potato crops.

Alliance Group picks new head

Alliance Group picks new head

The Alliance Group has announced its replacement for departing chief executive Grant Cuff.

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