Rural News

Avocado growers predict bumper crop

New Zealand's avocado growers expect a bumper crop this year.

The avocado industry is predicting a bumper export crop for the coming season - in excess of 5 million trays.

Facial eczema high in North Island

The risk of facial eczema is high throughout most of the North Island with Asure Quality saying spore counts in many districts are reaching extremely high levels.

Croppers urged to help a neighbour

Growers are hoping for a window of fine weather to bring their crops in.

Growers in Canterbury are being encouraged to get in touch with their fellow cropping farmers to see if they need help with harvesting as the industry tries to limit crop losses.

Sheep meat volumes down, prices up

Sheep meat prices are up while volume is slightly down.

The latest sheep meat export figures show a rise in lamb prices has offset the smaller volume of the meat exported so far this season.

Native moth causing plantain havoc

A plantain moth.

A native moth which until now has been relatively benign is causing widespread havoc across North Island plantain crops.

Some Waikato farms still need rain

The storm caused similar damage on the West Coast, at Whataroa Flat.

The recent wet weather has produced mixed results for farmers in Waikato.

MPI lifts fruit fly produce restrictions

The Queensland fruit fly (Bactrocera tryoni).

The extensive Queensland fruit fly hunt response in Northland is over - with weeks of intensive searching revealing no further flies.

Grape crops may be lost to storm

grapes being harvested

Grape growers in Marlborough may lose a large part of their crops due to the storm.

Wet April leaves croppers in a hole

High value crops such as linseed have been worst affected.

Relentless rainfall in Canterbury is playing havoc with the harvest of the arable industry's most valuable crops and farmers there say its getting worse by the day.

Cattle parasites may spread further

Upper north farmers are warned to be vigilant for tick activity.

An outbreak of the cattle disease, theileriosis in the upper North Island is predicted to get worse and farmers are being warned to take precautions.

Cleaning up after 'vicious' storm

The remnants of Cylone Ita hit South Island farmers hard.

The impact of Easter's storm on farmland near Kaikoura has been severe with serious flooding and farm fences and roads destroyed.

Dairy NZ critical of dam nitrogen limits

The proposed Ruataniwha dam site.

The organisation which represents dairy farmers has hit out at the Board of Inquiry which gave draft approval for the Hawke's Bay's Ruataniwha water storgage scheme to go ahead.

Generators taken from farm to farm for milking

Sharemilkers in Westland banded together to take generators from farm to farm to get cows milked during the storm.

Final Young Farmer found

The final grand finalist for the Young Farmers national finals has been found.

Imported feed a risk committee hears

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A select committee has heard that dairy farming is becoming increasingly risky as the industry pushes for more growth and more production.

Weekend rain not enough in Northland

Patchy rain on the west coast of Northland at the weekend was not enough to be a drought-breaker, farmers say.

Otago hunt bags fewer bunnies

The Easter Bunny Hunt in Central Otago bagged 7478 rabbits at the weekend.

Milk still being collected on W.Coast

Westland Milk Products says its tankers are still managing to collect milk despite slips and trees blocking many of the region's roads.