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Cropping farmers go to polls

Cropping farmers go the polls in the next few weeks to determine the future of their levy-funded research organisation, Foundation…

 

Lambs good for training pups

Lambing is looming closer and if you have a young dog that isn’t showing much enthusiasm for sheep take advantage…

NZ precision ag firm expands

The Lincoln precision agriculture company CropLogic is expanding into the North American market via its takeover of a Washington State…

Challenges ahead for arable

Big changes are coming in world food supply, says Foundation for Arable Research (FAR) chairman David Birkett.

National

Rural honours in abundance

This year's Queen’s Birthday Honours had 13 rural people making the list for their outstanding achievements and contributions.

More ag focus needed

The Government needs to ensure we get more agricultural trade with the European Union in any potential free trade agreement…

 

Agri hub now open for business

Never mind the bricks and mortar, the Lincoln Hub is now open for business, says its recently appointed chief executive…

Snuggle up to consumers – KPMG

Developing truly NZ cuisine, creating innovative food products and getting up close to our customers: these were the standout themes…

World

 

Queen steals food show

Rabobank’s Farm 2 Fork (F2F) summit in Sydney was all about food – but briefly became about fashion as Dutch Queen Maxima took to the stage with husband King Willem-Alexander to congratulate winners in the Food Bytes! competition.

Brexit fears grip EU farmers

European farming leaders are truly concerned about Britain’s planned exit from the European Union, says Beef + Lamb NZ chairman James Parsons, just home from his annual visit to Europe.

Ireland’s special brand of Green

Origin Green, a scheme that verifies the sustainability of Ireland’s food and drink production, now has 100% of the country’s dairy farmers and 90% of beef farmers signed up to its extensive auditing.

Opinion

 

Agribusiness

 

No complacency among the vines

Zespri's results are positive for everybody -- Gold, Green or organic growers and Zespri shareholders -- but you should never…

Dairy upturn buoys Fieldays

As the New Zealand Agricultural Fieldays gets underway this week the chief executive of the organisation running it says there…

Management

NZ precision ag firm expands

The Lincoln precision agriculture company CropLogic is expanding into the North American market via its takeover of a Washington State firm.

Challenges ahead for arable

Big changes are coming in world food supply, says Foundation for Arable Research (FAR) chairman David Birkett.

 

Putting data to good use

Ravensdown is getting ready to roll out a new set of pasture and benchmarking tools designed to enable smarter nutrient decisions by showing planned versus actual nutrient spending over time.

Sprayer for all situations

The Hardi Ranger is a 2500L sprayer that suits row crop, cereals, pasture renovation and horticulture work.

Farm Health

Lambs good for training pups

Lambing is looming closer and if you have a young dog that isn’t showing much enthusiasm for sheep take advantage…

 

Machinery & Products

Move up to 70% less dirt

The introduction of the Kverneland KultiStrip System by distributor Power Farming will “bring opportunities to farm environmentally and improve yields…

 

Side-by-side hits sweet spot

For years the quad market has been nibbled at by side-by-side (SxS) vehicles with their better carrying capacity and driver…

Motoring

Drive this over the Jones

You'll stand out if you're prepared to hand over the moolah for the Jeep Brute Sport. It won’t so much…

A ute this ain’t!

The latest Land Cruiser 70 series from Toyota is a truck, so it won’t be the choice of Remuera Roamers,…

 

Now that’s a ute!

A few days driving the MY17 Holden Colorado made it plain to this reviewer that this vehicle has moved on…

 

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The Hound

Nasty lot

Your old mate reckons multinational, tax-dodging political activist lobby group Greenpeace is proving just how nasty it can get when…

Not a puff

Winston Peters, has proven again to be all hat and no trousers.

 

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South Island wool sale eases

South Island wool sale eases

The 4700 bales on offer saw a 74% clearance with mixed results, however all prices paid locally are still above…

Wool continues to ease

Wool continues to ease

The 7250 bales of North Island wool on offer saw a 72% clearance with most types easing further.

 

Rural Life

Ozone in the vineyard

The word ozone conjures up images of big holes in the atmosphere, stronger UV light, the risk of severe sunburn…

Drones versus birds

Drones may soon be joining the armoury of weapons used to scare birds away from ripening grapes  after a trial…