Velvetleaf with a blackened seed head.

With warmer weather bringing on forage maize crops in leaps and bounds, Waikato Regional Council is reminding farmers and growers to keep watch for velvetleaf.

Wiebe and Piety Smitstra.

Matamata goat farmers Wiebe and Piety Smitstra have retrofitted their goat milking shed with a GEA WestfaliaSurge low line double-up herringbone system.

This year there are potential issues with both grass silage and PKE.

Feed shortages happen every summer. Ian Williams, Pioneer forage specialist explains some options to fill the feed gap.

 
Christine Finnigan

A leading once a day (OAD) farmer says her farm is set to have a record year thanks to a combination of favourable circumstances – especially the weather.

 
A SLIMS screenshot of Lake Ellesmere.

A Christchurch company has won a major technology contest with a satellite-based remote sensing solution that could monitor the water quality of every lake globally.

Abbey Machinery Tri-App slurry spreader.

Irish slurry handling specialist Abbey Machinery is working to get more value from slurry. Business development manager international, Michael O’Grady explains. 

Bauer Separator.

Effluent separation offers a number of unique advantages, and opportunities that other systems don’t offer, says farm equipment manufacturer Rakaia Engineering Ltd (REL) Group.

Topsoil erosion can result in sediments and nutrients getting into waterways.

Cultivation of paddocks is common on farms at this time of year. It’s also a time when local storms may occur, adding substantial risk to an important farming practice.

Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor and Prime MInister Jacinda Ardern at Cawthron Institute for the announcement of Government support for research into the potentially methane-busting seaweed Asparagopsis.  SUPPLIED/CAWTHRON

Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor is predicting huge international demand for a native seaweed if research proves its worth as a potential methane buster for agriculture.

When is it too late to plant maize? Ian Williams, Pioneer forage specialist explains.

A new Freezflow Icebanks system from Total Refrigeration, which snap chills milk to the required temperature, has brought a Dargaville dairy farmer some peace of mind, he says.

Good silage making is a fine art, explains Chris Balemi, managing director of Agvance Nutrition.

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