Arable

New Federated Farmers arable farming chairman for Whanganui District

[27 July/The Country] Paul Mackintosh, has taken on the role of Arable Chairman for Wanganui Federated Farmers. Mr Mackintosh took the role in April and is the first to have it since the late 1990’s. Resuming the role again is fitting as new and more productive uses for Wanganui’s most productive soils are being sought....

Carbon goes on the arable menu

[24 May/Farmers Weekly] Carbon will be on the agenda at the Foundation for Arable Research conference next month and the session will be led by Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Simon Upton. Climate change, nitrogen leaching, maximising irrigation, crop protection and innovation will also be on the agenda. The introduction of the Zero Carbon Bill...

Wairarapa pea weevil ban could come to an end

[28 February/Radio NZ] No pea weevils have been detected in traps throughout the Wairarapa this season, which could note the end of a two-year ban on growing peas. The pest was first discovered in the region in 2016 and there has been a ban on growing peas since, including extra time to ensure the pea...

Arable farms can help cut pastoral footprint

[7 December/Farmers Weekly] New work indicates arable farms can play a big part in helping to mitigate the environmental footprint of pastoral livestock. Presenting on the environmental benefits of arable feeds at the Foundation for Arable Research (FAR) annual Crops Expo, Lincoln University livestock production expert Professor Pablo Gregorini and FAR researcher, Ivan Lawrie, delivered...

Cropping sector on good footing – Report

[30 November 2018/NZ Herald] The cropping sector is looking towards an enhanced future as good seasonal prospects, stronger markets and an increased variety of crop options put the sector on a good footing after a tough two years. The recently released industry survey from the Arable Industry Marketing Initiative, indicates stock levels of unsold grain...

Pea imports astound local grower

[17 September/Farmers Weekly] Mid Canterbury Federated Farmers Arable Chairwoman, Joanne Burke, says a disconnect with end users hampered cropping farmers’ ability to push the virtues of the quality products they produced. She was surprised that a New Zealand plant-based chicken company imported peas from Canada as they couldn’t get them here. She added more needed...

Flat prices force arable farmers to reduce grain plantings

[7 May/NZ Farmer] Arable farming leader, Brian Leadley, said arable farmers were likely to reduce grain crop plantings unless grain buyers signalled their interest soon as flat prices took their toll. He added that below sustainable prices meant end users of grain needed to be talking to suppliers to register their interest to assist arable...

South Canterbury arable farmers lose $30m from stubble-burn ban

[1 March 2018/NZ Farmer] A fire ban and wet autumn and winter may have cost Mid and South Canterbury’s arable farmers more than $30 million according to Federated Farmers Arable Industry Group, Guy Wigley. The average wheat yield is about eight to twelve tonnes per hectare. Mr Wigley said that farmers look at planting at...

New FAR CEO well versed in industry

[17 January/The Country] The Foundation for Arable Research has appointed Dr Alison Stewart as its new CEO to replace Nick Pyke who signalled last year that it would be stepping down from the role he has held since the organisation was founded in 1995.  Dr Stewart is currently General Manager Forest Science at Scion and...

FAR wins new funding for research into arable nutrient loss

[14 August/Stuff: NZ Farmer] A new $1 million research programme targeted on understanding the levels of soil nutrient losses from cropping systems has received funding from the Ministry for the Environment’s Freshwater Improvement Fund. The project led by Foundation for Arable Research together with Horticulture NZ, Ravensdown, five Regional Councils (Canterbury, Auckland, Waikato, Hawkes Bay...

Farmers under pressure as MPI ‘drags feet’ with pea weevil payments

[27 July/ Stuff] Wairarapa farmers affected by the two-year pea growing ban are struggling to survive while they wait for Government compensation. The region-wide ban was enacted in July 2016 after the toxic pea weevil was discovered on farms in the region. Farmers were told they could receive ex gratia payments for any losses. Farmers...