Farming News

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.

Alliance Group picks new head

Alliance Group picks new head

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

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.

Long dry spell shows need forwater storage

The extended dry spell across New Zealand highlights the need for further storage projects based on alpine water systems, IrrigationNZ says.

Effects on maize yield of water deficit, waterlogging discussed

Effects on maize yield of water deficit, waterlogging discussed

Maize yield will fall by 22kg of dry matter per hectare for every 1mm of soil moisture deficit.

Mint Lamb honours for Texel stud owner

His lamb might have been judged the most tender and juiciest in Canterbury but Paul Gardner still prefers hogget on his dining table.

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.

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.

Putting in 100% pays off with win

Putting in 100% pays off with win

Reward for effort.

That is a common saying in the Engelbrecht household in East Otago, applied to anything from farming to the sports field.

''That sums up everything in life,'' Simon Engelbrecht told those attending a field day at his farm last week.

Holstein Friesian champs success

Holstein Friesian champs success

The Kelly family, from North Otago, had a ''superb'' show at this year's South Island Holstein Friesian championships in Balclutha.

Study of kea strike starts

Clio Reid wants to help prevent sheep being attacked by kea - and kea being shot.

Clover root weevil fight co-operative

Clover root weevil fight co-operative

Clover is still disappearing from Otago and Southland paddocks as the clover root weevil continues to spread throughout the South Island.

2015 Farmarama: from dancers to tractors

Glamour will be combined with on-farm practicality during the 12th Lawrence Lions Southfuels Farmarama in Lawrence next year.

Kailey Dairies reap big rewards at A&P show

Kailey Dairies reap big rewards at A&P show

Twelve years ago at the South Otago A&P Show, Katrina and Rob Kelly, of Kailey Dairies in Oamaru, stood last in almost every section of the South Island Holstein-Friesian championships.

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