Hydro stations, septic tanks affecting water quality

Farmers are being wrongly blamed for water quality issues while urban residents and the operators of hydro power stations escape scrutiny, says Vaughan Jones of Hamilton. “Water is being discussed across the country, but without correcting the...... Read More

Coalition’s approach to forest ‘breath of fresh air’

The Forest Owners Association says the priority put on new forest plantings by New Zealand First entering the coalition presents an enormous challenge to the new government and industry alike. Forest Owners president Peter Clark says issues such as diminishing...... Read More

Finding out about crude protein

After a completely soggy winter, and a spring where the sun is only just getting around to shining, pasture growth levels got out of sync with calving and the start of the milking season. Understandably, given what the ‘experts’ keep on telling...... Read More

Today’s links with Edmund’s invention

Edmund Gunter may have been born 436 years ago, but the measuring device he invented still impacts modern life. In the Te Aroha & District Museum is an example of Edmund’s surveyor’s chain – a distance-measuring device used for land...... Read More

Late start to season not causing concern

A lift in the forecast dairy payout and Fonterra’s recommendations for a reduction in the use of palm kernel are among the reasons Guy Mason, sales manager for Corsons Maize Seed, is predicting a five to 10 per cent increase in maize planting this...... Read More

Grooming cattle part of teenager’s ‘ideal’ holiday

Mucking out stalls, clipping the coats of cattle and gluing their tails might not sound like a teenage girl’s dream holiday – unless of course that girl is 13-year-old Tayla Hansen of Taupiri. Tayla, who spent part of her school holidays...... Read More

Trekking the great outdoors for charity

What a journey! Since its beginning in 2006 The Great NZ Trek has completed 12 successful stages covering New Zealand from Cape Reinga in the far North to Omakau in the deep South, equalling a total of 2262km. Trustee Kitty Johnson says it’s not...... Read More

When it comes to clover – slugs eat everything

If white clover’s resistance to pests is to be improved, new genetic material will need to be sourced from outside the current New Zealand cultivars, researchers say. That was the conclusion of a report by Pip Gerard, Colin Ferguson and Sarah van...... Read More

Boaties reminded to have summer safety checklist ticked

  Bay of Plenty boaties are being reminded preparation is the key to a successful and safe run at sea this 2017-18 summer season. With temperatures rising, Waihi Beach Coastguard, with support from avocado export group Avoco, has a simple summer...... Read More

Avocado values ahead of last season

Predictions are that the Bay of Plenty will produce 1.3 million trays of avocados during the 2017-2018 harvest season, which is now underway. Jacob Darling from Darling Group GM Group sales and marketing says fruit from Just Avocados suppliers is hitting...... Read More

Challenging the ‘green revolution’ experts

The status quo in pastoral management and fertilisation may be all you have been told, but there seems to be quite a few folk who are looking for something more productive and sustainable. Around 200 people from all over the country turned up in Taupo...... Read More

Organic ‘nectar of the gods’ wins delicious award

On just one day each season, 30-year-old Muscat grapes normally reserved for wine-making are handpicked and pressed at Millton Vineyard near Gisborne to produce an award-winning grape juice whose name means ‘nectar of the gods’. “We...... Read More

Grab a cold one and visit your neighbour

This is the longest period of wet and windy weather I can ever remember in my 47 years in aviation. It has been extremely busy for us aerial operators trying to keep up with the huge increase in the tonnage of nitrogenous fertilisers that farmers are...... Read More

Fungi makes flying safer

It may seem hard to believe, but fungi in grasses are helping make air travel safer in New Zealand by reducing the incidence of bird strike. That’s because scientists have shown that airport grasses inoculated with specific fungi reduce insect...... Read More

Rainbow flowers named for Greek goddess

Wendy Begbie didn’t realise she had inherited her mother’s love of iris flowers until, as an adult, she saw a painting of her mother’s garden. “My mother, Margaret Dodge, was a great gardener. I think she had me out in the garden...... Read More

Plans for rare breed society in Waikato

The Rare Breeds Conservation Society, which aims to conserve and protect rare breeds of domestic animals, is holding a meeting in Hamilton in November with the aim of forming a Waikato branch. The meeting is being convened by Mairi Jay MacIntyre of Paeroa,...... Read More

Enthusiasm for kiwifruit began early

As a child, Zespri’s new chief executive Dan Mathieson loved green kiwifruit so much he ate it skin and all. He also wanted to be a vet – until he discovered a love and talent for the Japanese language. His subsequent degree from AUT and...... Read More

Environmentally, wool wins

The animal rights activist group PETA may have done the New Zealand wool industry a favour with its latest campaign portraying woollen garments and fabrics as ‘unethical’ says Brent Mountfort, sheep farmer and chair of the Bay of Plenty Federated...... Read More

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