A Mid Canterbury farmer has built up a collection of 50 tractors. Most of them are vintage and one colour, writes Tim Cronshaw.
Central Otago cherry producer Tarras Cherry Corp has implemented New Zealand-developed orchard management technology this season to attract and reward productive workers.
The ANZ World Commodity Price Index eased 0.2% in December as stronger prices for dairy, meat and aluminium were not sufficient to offset lower returns from the forestry and horticultural sectors.
Fine weather over Christmas and New Year has been a boon for Central Otago vineyard managers, both in terms of disease management and projected staff numbers for the coming harvest.
A year after heavy and persistent rain destroyed millions of dollars of Central Otago cherries, growers are thankful for this month’s sun, but are facing another sort of problem.
There were probably a few scratched arms and red-stained faces around Dunedin after a recent pick-your-own raspberries trial.
A Southland blueberry orchard manager says this season is one of the most promising in recent years.
It is the sweet smell of success rather than that of rotting flesh which is perfuming the nostrils of Dunedin Botanic Garden staff after the successful propagation of their corpse flower.
A North Otago market gardener has a thick skin from growing soft-skin potatoes for more than 40 years.
A family that has left an indelible imprint on the fabric of Central Otago celebrated a century of harvesting summer fruit this year.
Leaving will be tinged with sadness for Graeme and Estelle Blanchard as they mark their final season at Monte Christo Raspberries and Cafe, near Clyde.
Kale has fallen out of favour with New Zealand consumers, with the country's largest grower of salad crops reporting a significant decline in sales.
More is being found out about biopesticides as an alternative for chemical sprays to control crop diseases on arable farms.