Farming News

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Study of kea strike starts

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

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.

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.

Co-ops must lead way in red meat sector change

A word from  ... Fonterra director John Monaghan 

New convener for DWN

New convener for DWN

Emily Woolsey has been dairy farming for the past 10 years with her husband, Daniel, and she is now swapping her gumboots for pen and paper, taking on the role of Dairy Women's Network (DWN) Gore regional group convener.

40% record stock movements

40% record stock movements

Up to 60% of farmers are failing to record National Animal Identification and Tracing scheme (Nait) farm-to-farm movements, and Ospri is planning a push to encourage more farmers to be compliant, the organisation's programme design and farm operation group manager, Dr Stu Hutchings, says

Advancing reform bone of contention

How are this year's candidates for upcoming co-operative elections for farmer-elected directors on the Alliance and Silver Fern Farm boards going to push the Meat Industry Excellence (MIE) view on the boards?

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