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Give kiwifruit pruning a go

Pruning in winter is the start of the kiwifruit production cycle and is vital to the success of the growing season. People interested in winter pruning are invited to participate in free training courses, which are government funded and organised by...... Read More

Embracing new ideas

A Katikati couple says there’s always something new to learn when you’re growing avocados and keeping pests at bay – even after 40 years. Don and Daryan Grayling could be excused for putting their feet up after decades spent developing...... Read More

Survey of rural decision makers

Rural Women New Zealand Alex Eagles-Tully Are you a farmer, forester, grower or lifestyle block owner? Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) is for women involved in any of these and so is the 2021 Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research...... Read More

How to approach a calving cow

Vet's vision with Phil Rennie Tauranga Vets Vet Phillip Rennie’s six-step checklist to ensure cows calve as safely as possible. Step 1: Examine the vagina Step 2: Examine the cervix – is it fully dilated? Step...... Read More

Fert facts part two.

Better soils with Brett Petersen Kiwi Fertiliser & Golden Bay Dolomite   Over the coming months, Brett will share 40 facts about fertiliser that will help optimise your soil. Here is the second instalment. Kiwi Fertiliser...... Read More

Carbon positive – naturally

Carbon Positive Farming with Peter Burton Functional Fertiliser Ltd Jargon is a mode of speech familiar only to a group or profession. It’s widely used by the scientific fraternity, particularly with respect to agriculture,...... Read More

Fruitful partnership strengthened

Katikati based horticulture company Darling Group Holdings Ltd has recently increased its shareholding in domestic avocado and citrus marketer, Zeafruit, from 50 to 100 per cent. Darling Group’s managing director Andrew Darling says Just Avocados...... Read More

Are we going back to inflation and economic stagnation?

Hort Talk with Mike Chapman HorticultureNZ CEO Inflation and economic stagnation are already being seen in the United States and our Reserve Bank is predicting its return to New Zealand but not until next year. Covid’s...... Read More

Keeping ahead of the undertaker

Finance with Don Fraser Fraser Farm Finance As an old fart and nearing 75, I seem to be surrounded by people who are having a failing or frail existence and all they seem to be doing is existing and just ‘keeping ahead...... Read More

A commitment to getting it right

Beneath the surface with David Law Forward Farming  As an agricultural contractor, Chris Reymer witnesses a wide variety of farming practices in his travels. It also gives him pause for thought as he comes home to his own...... Read More

Better winter weather and positive returns

Outlook with Bill Webb Bill Webb Feed Solutions  The weather has definitely been milder compared to other years. The rainfall for June to date has been 64ml compared to a total of 225.5 for June last year, with 999.7ml in...... Read More

Almost through the winter

Tony’s Take on avos with Tony Bradley Aongatete Avocados Ltd It’s that time of the year: we’re coming out the other side of winter and the shortest day has been and gone.  We had some cold weather in May...... Read More

The time thief

Carbon Positive Farming with Peter Burton Functional Fertiliser Ltd Procrastination – the thief of time. It’s not original, having been used in a long-running television ad some years back, however it seems appropriate...... Read More

Industry thrives

Fruition Horticulture with Sandy Scarrow The kiwifruit industry is in the middle of the biggest ever harvest of kiwifruit. For the third year running the volumes of Gold3 kwiifruit harvested exceeded that of the traditional green...... Read More

World Environment Day

Rural Women New Zealand Alex Eagles-Tully The constant negative news about our changing climate, polluted water and declining wildlife can sometimes feel overwhelming and people who want to make a positive difference are often left...... Read More

Is subdivision an option to reduce debt?

Your land surveyed with Brent Trail Surveying Services Ltd   If you are moving on to a new farm and looking at subdividing to reduce debt levels, you may have a lot to learn. Don’t assume that the rules are the same...... Read More

Copper testing of livestock

Vet's vision with Phil Rennie Tauranga Vets   With the end of the facial eczema challenge close at hand, and with it the need for ‘zinc supplementing season’, it is important to check your stock’s...... Read More




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