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Mr Avocado and Darling Group join forces

Mr Avocado, China’s leading avocado brand, has paired up with New Zealand avocado supplier Darling Group to roll out an extensive promotional campaign for the 2021 season, for the first time in China. New Zealand avocados gained market access to...... Read More

Down-stream consequences

Fert Options with Robin Boom Agronomic Advisory Services  At the beginning of December both Ballance and Ravensdown lifted their prices on many of their base fertiliser products. Superphosphate, Muriate of Potash and Urea...... Read More

Taking time to recharge

Tony’s Take on avos with Tony Bradley Aongatete Avocados Ltd  Well Christmas and New Year parties are done and dusted and hopefully as you read this you are sitting back relaxing as the New Year starts winding itself...... Read More

Sulphur: the unsung hero

Better soils with Brett Petersen Kiwi Fertiliser & Golden Bay Dolomite  Kiwi Fertiliser has many clients throughout the North Island, and it greatly pleases us that when we increase sulphur from sub optimum to optimum levels,...... Read More

Informed farmers make better decisions

Outlook with Bill Webb Bill Webb Feed Solutions  It’s a matter of keeping an ear to the ground and one eye open as environmental pressures, inflation and Covid-induced supply issues compete. On the flip side, an anticipated...... Read More

Blow flies, maggots and more

Vet's vision with Phil Rennie Tauranga Vets  Two quite different fly species produce most of the blowfly strike in New Zealand. Originally it was the European Green Blowfly (EGB) and more recently...... Read More

Event Listings for January

Jan 8 Waihi Beach Summer Fair, 10am-4pm, Wilson Park, $3. See waihibeachsummerfair.com Jan 8 Rat-trap Building Workshop, 10am-noon, Motuoapa Bay Holiday Park, Taupō, free.  See tinyurl.com/yckjp5n6 Jan 9 Te Matapuna Wetland Walk, 9am-2pm, southern...... Read More

A little magic from Golden Bay

Carbon Positive Farming with Peter Burton Functional Fertiliser Ltd The cost of imported fertiliser products, particularly those containing soluble phosphorus and potassium have lifted sharply in price in the last six months...... Read More

No excuse for being grumpy

Finance with Don Fraser Fraser Farm Finance  Are you a grumpy and miserable old bastard? I make no apology for my language as this seems to be the only way to describe many older and less than social men. It seems to be...... Read More

Phosphate on the brain

Better soils with Brett Petersen Kiwi Fertiliser & Golden Bay Dolomite  Below is a passage written by Jerry Brunetti, as part of an article titled “Cows don’t have carburetors” and was published in Acres...... Read More

Optimise growth with balanced nutrients

Tony’s Take on avos with Tony Bradley Aongatete Avocados Ltd  It’s warm, muggy and great growing conditions. In fact, I’d suggest we are seeing such good growth you can almost hear them growing! On that...... Read More

Just tell the truth

Finance with Don Fraser Fraser Farm Finance  After I chose this topic, I noticed many people insinuating they were telling the truth, or stood by what they perceived as the truth, but not so. Donald Trump is starting his...... Read More

Time is of the essence

Vet's vision with Phil Rennie Tauranga Vets  Pink eye is a nasty disease that usually occurs in the summer and autumn seasons causing sore inflamed eyes. Pink eye is caused by highly contagious bacteria. In the case...... Read More

Drench resistance and soil fertility

Fert Options with Robin Boom Agronomic Advisory Services Drench resistance is becoming a more widespread issue on many sheep and beef properties in particular, but it also occurs on dairy farms among calves and yearlings. Older...... Read More

Land plan for lifestyle blockers

Rural Women New Zealand Alex Eagles-Tully  Water is the word on everyone’s lips at the moment with reports and opinions on the Three Waters reform flooding the media. However, the concept that we need to safeguard our...... Read More

Why the cart is before the horse

Carbon Positive Farming with Peter Burton Functional Fertiliser Ltd The parallel between the farming situation now and the late 1970’s is eerily similar and comes with a cautionary message.  Meat, milk and wool prices...... Read More

The fruitful education

Horticulture is an industry where demand for skilled employees is expected to grow during New Zealand’s recovery from the impacts of Covid-19. This will mean more businesses requiring more people in management and technical roles to lead their teams. Fruition...... Read More

Challenging the old thinking

Beneath the surface with David Law Forward Farming It’s hard to change the habits of a lifetime – or an understanding of what is possible - when your education is based on accepted, but limiting, chemical science. So,...... Read More

Waikato subdivision rules delayed again

Your land surveyed with Brent Trail Surveying Services Ltd  The long-awaited changes to the Waikato District Plan Subdivision Rules that aim to create a level playing field for the entire District, including the ex-Franklin...... Read More




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