The Hound understands that Mike Petersen’s time as NZ agriculture’s special trade envoy will soon end.
Plant & Food Research’s Vaughn Bell has seen a lot of mealybugs in his time, but even he was stunned to see photos of infestations in Marlborough this past vintage.
Ignore trunk disease at your peril, is the message that came from Mark Sosnowski at the recent NZW Grape Days.
One aspect of the Pinot Noir Programme is taking a reductionist approach to conduct research on individual berries and is set to make scientific history.
With funding of $10.3 million, the five-year Pinot Noir research programme is already breaking ground in terms of knowledge of this fickle grape and capricious wine.
With 27 million sheep in New Zealand it is not surprising that a number will end up in amongst the country’s 37,000 hectares of grapes.
Strong evidence is emerging that consumers are suspicious of processed foods, says Professor Warren McNabb.
Grasses being developed by AgResearch scientists are expected to result in healthier animals, better production on the farm and less impact on the environment.
About 11 years ago Canadian farmer Joe Dorgan noticed that his cattle in a paddock by the sea were more productive than his other cows.
Irish scientists are working on breeding grasses and cereal crops able to better handle wet conditions.
The Waikato Regional Council is welcoming a Federated Farmers-led joint project testing the implications of the Healthy Rivers/Wai Ora: Proposed Waikato Regional Plan Change 1 for the rural community.