The golden kumara

Tauranga’s Graham Burns is stumped as to why his orange kumara has grown to the size of a rugby ball, but he is happy to show off his prized possession with the “big boy” weighing in at 2.27kg. The self-proclaimed ‘Kumara Man’...... Read More

Bay of Plenty farmers get behind IHC

Generous Bay of Plenty and Central Plateau farmers have raised $144,923 for IHC through the IHC Calf & Rural Scheme in the past 12 months, with 302 of the region’s farmers donating. Galatea farmer Red Garrett, whose sister has Down syndrome, has...... Read More

Calicivirus to kill rabbits in the Bay

As part of a nationwide initiative to combat wild rabbits, the Bay of Plenty Regional Council will start the release of a new strain of the calicivirus disease RHDV1 K5 next week. Bay of Plenty Regional Council biosecurity manager Greg Corbett says the...... Read More

Growing produce year-round

Athenree retirees Margaret Clode and John Mickell have taken advantage of the micro-climate conditions on their 1.6-hectare orchard to grow more than 50 types of fruit and nut trees. And the couple reckon they have some of the earliest fruiting avocado...... Read More

Search for missing hunters near Opotiki

A search begins this morning for a father and son who are missing in the bush near Opotiki. A police media spokesperson says police and LandSAR will be coordinating the search. "At around 8pm last night Police were alerted to the fact the pair had...... Read More

Sheep flock to Te Kuiti

Sheep will replace cars on the main street of Te Kuiti when the annual running of the sheep takes place on April 7. The small King Country town has been home to The Great New Zealand Sheep Muster for 26 years, which celebrates the town’s status...... Read More

New pastures see Scottie positive for the upcoming season

Today, the grass is growing, his two farms have new pastures – and Scottie McLeod is smiling. The Edgecumbe farmer has just come out 12 months of his repairing his farms from the biggest flood his dairying properties have experienced in just under...... Read More

Earth and repair works continue one year after the floods

Earth and repair work on a massive scale is still being undertaken in the Eastern Bay of Plenty 12 months on since ex-cyclones Debbie and Cook brought rain, wind and widespread flooding to the area. Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s project manager...... Read More

Retiring from kiwifruit after the flood

Kitchen cupboards turned to Weetbix, valuation hiccups and premature retirement are just some of the challenges Bay of Plenty kiwifruit orchardists Carol and John Harold have faced – and overcome with remarkable positivity and “a few smokes...... Read More

Rising to the challenges of the floodwaters

In early-April 2017 the Eastern Bay of Plenty town of Edgecumbe and surrounding rural areas received a hammering from the remnants of Cyclone Debbie, with more than 180mm of rain falling in two days. On April 6 flooding overwhelmed the area, forcing...... Read More

Good bugs under threat from ‘chemical warfare’

Chlorine has long been promoted as an effective cleaner and sanitiser for dairy sheds, and on the surface, it is exactly that. However, is it doing more harm than good to the health of your farm? Forward Farming biological farming consultant David Law...... Read More

Kai Western Bay: helping out the locals

Kai Western Bay, which has a vision of ‘Good food for all in the Western Bay’, has just begun forming its strategic plan and set of actions with an aim to educate BOP residents and increase network capacity of existing local food initiatives. Kai...... Read More

No longer just for the bachelors

The notion of fixing fences and driving tractors being men’s work is being bowled flat at this year’s New Zealand Agricultural Fieldays as the traditional Fieldays Rural Bachelor competition is being brought into the 21st Century. For the...... Read More

No8 wire award modifies rule

Fieldays-goers can this year expect to see more agricultural products used in entries to the No.8 Wire National Art Award, with the competition rules being slightly modified for 2018. The annual award, managed by Waikato Museum and partnered by Farmlands...... Read More

Walter still on duty – 70 years later

In the first weekend of March, Walter Scott made his way to the Morrinsville Recreational Grounds to ‘clock in’ like he has done for the last 70 years. One of the longest standing members of the Morrinsville A&P Society Committee, the gentleman...... Read More

Micro-climate allows for early harvest

Athenree couple Margaret Clode and John Mickell reckon they have some of the earliest fruiting avocado trees around – and they put it down to one thing in particular. The micro-climate of their property, which they noticed when first looking at...... Read More

New breed of milking ewes bred at Taupo

The first of a completely new breed of milking ewes will be put to the test when they step onto the rotary milking platform at Waikino Station near Lake Taupo this spring. The ewes are the result of an innovative breeding programme to produce a superior...... Read More

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