Fighting Nature with Nature

New research into sustainable pest management controls might soon offer avocado growers an effective non-chemical control against leafrollers.

Horticulture tops $7b

New Zealand's horticultural production has exceeded $7 billion for the first time, according to the latest edition of the annual…

Meat sellers prosecuted

A Ministry of Primary Industries operation in Auckland has led to the prosecution of several meats sellers after raw meat…


It will improve!

Milk payout will improve next season, but cashflow will remain tight on farms, say market analysts.

Heat goes on quad bike safety

Farmers and farming organisations had better focus their energy on keeping safe on their farms, rather than getting into debates…

One Plan working out

Farmers and Horizons Regional Council were for years at each other’s throats over the infamous One Plan and the council’s…

No more field days?

Beef + Lamb NZ and WorkSafe NZ are at odds over some aspects of quad safety.

Beef booms, lamb languishes

America's love affair with hamburgers has resulted in a bumper year for New Zealand beef farmers, says Beef + Lamb…


What’s the beef?

Eating beef in the Indian state of Maharashtra now gives diners something extra to chew on – arrest, jail and a fine.

Aussie farm outlook brightens

Australian farmers are hearing that good times are coming: a top economic researcher predicts farm production will increase 5.3% to about A$54.4 billion next financial year.

Growers try new grain

Trials of the grain quinoa (‘keenwa’) are expanding in Australia as imports from South America, and prices, soar.


Very, very vexing

Fonterra's half-year results make unhappy reading to its 10,500 farmers, many struggling with drought and a precariously low payout.


Quarry queries

Running a quarry safely is explained in a new publication from MinEx, the national Health & Safety Council for the…


Is Wakanui’s reign starting to wane?

While feed wheat variety Wakanui still tops the tables for four year adjusted mean yield in Canterbury, a couple of newer cultivars are nipping at its heels.

Homing in on oilseed options

FAR cultivar and herbicide trials with resurgent crop oilseed rape promise to help growers hone their agronomy on the resurgent crop.

An eye in the sky

Imagine being able to walk into a field with your tablet or iPhone and be guided to a particular area or a plant not growing well. 

Farm Health

2015 Ewe hogget event

All are welcome to come along and support excellence in farming and acknowledge winners at the 2015 New Zealand Ewe…

Machinery & Products

Huge tractor on track to work well

South Canterbury arable farmer Warren Darling has taken delivery of a new Canadian-built 460hp Versatile DeltaTrack tractor, one of the…

Machinery co-op turns 10

Origin Agroup NZ’s only farm machinery buying co-op, recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, so it was timely for Rural News…


D40 still has the chops

The 2005 launch of the Nissan Navara D40 really tested its mettle, the media drive event hammering the trucks through…

New GM giants now in town

GENERAL MOTORS has given its Chevrolet and GMC pickups a major overhaul for 2015 and the new trucks are hitting…

Outback - A Kiwi favourite

The new Subaru Outback, hailed by the manufacturer as "the original crossover sport utility vehicle (SUV)", has been launched in…

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The Hound

Something in the water?

Your old mate wonders if there’s something in the water that’s caused the recent raft of departures – some sudden…

Nice touch!

A mate of yours truly says he has recently noticed how the Fonterra tankers, seen driving up and down the…

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Forum attracts premier line-up

The line up of speakers for this month's 'The Future of Heartland Forum' near Cheviot in North Canterbury is making…

Rural Life

Shear dedication pays off

For competitive shearers, winning a class at Golden Shears is a career pinnacle. Peter McCabe, Tauranga, achieved this at the…

Pukekohe grower wins title

Hamish Gates from Pukekohe has beaten off tough competition to be crowned New Zealand Young Vegetable Grower 2015.