Tim Fulton's recently published Kiwi Farmers' Guide to Life.

With Christmas just around the corner and the annual panic to find a special present for a special person – or even just the old man – it might be worth a trip to the local bookshop.

Maize seeds are large and are very resilient to weather fluctuations resulting in a wide planting window.

Reports are coming in from across the country indicating the cold and wet spring has meant many farmers and contractors planting crops are behind with their planting schedule.

Matt and Tracey Jones with their milking flock on their farm at Kirwee, in Canterbury.

Breeding the best dairy sheep for South Island conditions while developing the markets and processing capacity to support others into the industry are the twin goals of Canterbury sheep milking pioneers Matt and Tracey Jones.

DairyNZ lower North Island leader Mark Laurence.

Wet weather and a lack of sunshine in many western areas of the country are causing problems for farmers.

Richard Barton launched Farmote - his automated, in-paddock pasture monitoring technology - on subscription last month.

Weekly farm walks have become a thing of the past for some dairy farmers in Canterbury and their pasture growth data has never been better.

Fonterra recently reached the milestone of eight years since it started working with the Department of Conservation (DOC) through the Living Water partnership, which helps identify and trial game-changing and scalable solutions that show dairying freshwater can thrive together.

While there is clear proof that cattle, deer and pigs cause poor water quality when allowed to graze near waterways, little is known about what impact sheep have. Peter Burke reports on a research project being run by Massey University to find out more about how sheep behave around streams and waterways.

Beef+Lamb NZ says current Government policies will see too much carbon forestry planted and urgent change is needed.

Farmers and growers can now model a greater range of crops in the farm management software tool OverseerFM.

A flexible milking regime adopted this season on the Lincoln University Demonstration Dairy Farm (LUDF) is going "surprisingly well', says the farm administrator Jeremy Savage.

A new product has been launched that is said to increase soil productivity, improve nitrogen efficiency and in the end, profit per hectare.

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