Posts tagged "Velvetleaf"

Dirty farm machinery causes spike in velvetleaf cases

[25 January/Stuff] Dirty farm machinery has been blamed for a significant jump in velvetleaf cases on Waikato farms in the past 12 months. The number of farms found to have the pest weed jumped from 36 at the start of the 2017-18 farming season to 53.  The growth in the Waikato reflects a national trend,...

Searching for a devastating pest

[1 April/ Radio NZ Rural] Velvetleaf, one of the world’s worst cropping pests, has been confirmed on 60 farms in Southland, Otago, Canterbury, Waikato and Hawke’s Bay. Biosecurity teams have been working on hundreds of dairy farms in an attempt to stop the outbreak. Southland Regional Council Velvetleaf Team Leader, Shaun Cunningham said the weed...