Misology – distrust or hatred of argument, enlightenment, reason or reasoning.
If you’re not looking forward to Christmas and enjoying preparations, it could be that you’re forgetting to keep it simple.
This post on Smile Project provides a timely reminder that it doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive:
MPI investigating palm kernel biosecurity-risk – Gerald Piddock:
The Ministry of Primary Industries is investigating claims by Federated Farmers that Malaysian-grown palm kernel expeller (PKE) could present a biosecurity risk to New Zealand.
The claims come after Federated Farmers grains executive vice-chairman David Clark and maize growers committee chairman Colin MacKinnon visited Malaysia in September to investigate the country’s palm industry.
“What we saw would be a complete breach of the import health standard if that palm kernel, when it was consolidated, formed part of a shipment coming to New Zealand,” Mr Clark said.
The pair were hosted on a plantation and shown around a mill where the PKE was processed. They attended a conference on PKE and spent time visiting the installations where PKE is stored and loaded onto container ships bound for New Zealand. . .
Farmlands CRT favour merger – Rebecca Harper:
Farmlands and Combined Rural Traders (CRT) directors are recommending in favour of a merger between the two farmer-owned rural supplies co-operatives.
The New Zealand Farmers Weekly revealed the two farmer-owned co-ops were in merger talks in early October.
The chairmen of the two co-ops, Don McFarlane (CRT) and Lachie Johnstone (Farmlands) confirmed exclusively to Farmers Weekly on Friday that a letter had been sent to shareholders that day saying the boards of each society were in favour of the merger. Directors had “agreed to take steps to merge the two societies together”. . .
Poor pasture quality costly – Gerald Piddock:
The poor quality of New Zealand pastures is one of the main reasons agricultural debt levels are so high, a leading soil scientist says.
Dairy cows are being presented too often with a nitrate-crude protein-rich pasture that does not provide them with enough energy, Graham Shepherd says.
It meant farmers brought in high levels of supplementary feed to give the rumen the energy required to process that type of pasture, he told farmers at a field day at Bryan and Jackie Clearwater’s farm near Geraldine. . .
Glyphos hit by grass resistance – Richard Rennie:
The discovery of glyphosate resistant ryegrass in Marlborough has sparked calls for compulsory labels on agri-chemicals highlighting resistance risks.
Foundation for Arable Research (FAR) CEO Nick Pyke officially confirmed the discovery at a field day in Hamilton on Thursday.
The discovery came during work for a Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF) funded project on studying glyphosate resistance. It was identified in grasses from a vineyard after a call from a chemical company. . .
Really important to have social scientists working in agriculture – Pasture to Profit:
Social scientists are very active in agrifood.
We stayed on a Yorkshire cropping farm in June.
They finished planting potatoes when we were there, 10 weeks after they started. Last year the crop had been planted in 17 days.
Frost and ice have added to an already tense situation for potato growers in Britain as many battled against the elements to finish lifting.
Indications from the Potato Council said crop production was at its lowest since 1976, with yields down 25% from last year.
But farmers said a 50% loss was more likely.
And farmers across all sectors have struggled with the cold weather, especially in Scotland where up to 15cm of snow fell in some areas as temperatures sank as low as -7degC. . . .
A cold wet spring and early summer here have affected stone fruit and berries.
Cherries are expected to be in short supply for Christmas and berries could be too.
We’ve been getting strawberries from the North Island and I had my first raspberries of the season from Butlers near Waimate but North Otago berries still aren’t ripe.
But the temperature got to the mid 20s yesterday and the forecast is for warmer weather which is what’s needed if there are to be local berries for Christmas dinner.
It’s 150 years since Oamaru officially came into being and sesquicentennial celebrations began last week.
Yesterday Waitaki District Mayor Alec Familton was given a pipe band escort to the Farmers Market where he read the Ordinance and Proclamation which established the Oamaru Town Board in 1862.
Oamaru Life has a fuller report and much better photos.
Tomorrow a five-day birthday party starts and a variety of other events are planned for the next 12 months.
The phasing out of battery cages for layer hens is too slow for animal welfare groups but people in the industry have concerns about the viability of their businesses.
Budgeting groups are also concerned that eggs will be come more expensive.
If battery cages are inhumane business viability and cost have to come second.
New Zealand has a very good record for animal welfare and that must apply to everything we farm, whether or not it’s exported.
942 Assassination of William I of Normandy.
1531 – Pope Clement VII established a parallel body to the Inquisition in Lisbon, Portugal.
1577 Francis Drake set sail from Plymouth on a secret mission to explore the Pacific Coast of the Americas for Queen Elizabeth I.
1583 – Cologne War: Forces under Ernest of Bavaria defeated the troops under Gebhard Truchsess von Waldburg at the Siege of Godesberg.
1586 – Emperor Go-Yozei became Emperor of Japan.
1637 – Shimabara Rebellion: Japanese peasants led by Amakusa Shiro rose against daimyo Matsukura Shigeharu.
1773 At Wharehunga Bay, Queen Charlotte Sound, 10 men who were with James Cook’s navigator Tobias Furneaux died at the hands of Ngati Kuia and Rangitane, led by their chief, Kahura.
1819 Simón Bolívar declared the independence of the Republic of Gran Colombia in Angostura (now Ciudad Bolívar in Venezuela).
1889 New Zealand’s Eifel tower opened at the South Seas Exhibition.
1904 Paul Cadmus, American artist, was born (d. 1999).
1915 André Claveau, French singer, was born (d. 2003).
1918 Culmination of the Darwin Rebellion as some 1000 demonstrators march on Government House in Darwin.
1944 Major Major, No. 1 Dog, 2NZEF, and member/mascot of 19 Battalion since 1939, died of sickness in Italy. He was buried with full military honours at Rimini.
1947 First flight of the Boeing B-47 Stratojet strategic bomber.
1961 Sara Dallin, English singer (Bananarama), was born.
1967 Prime Minister of Australia Harold Holt disappearsed while swimming near Portsea, Victoria and was presumed drowned.
1969 The SALT I (Strategic Arms Limitation Talks) began.
1969 Project Blue Book: The United States Air Force closed its study of UFOs, stating that sightings were generated as a result of “A mild form of mass hysteria, Individuals who fabricate such reports to perpetrate a hoax or seek publicity, psychopathological persons, and misidentification of various conventional objects.”
1989 Pilot episode of The Simpsons aired in the United States.
2005 – Jigme Singye Wangchuck abdicated the throne as King of Bhutan.
2009 – MV Danny F II sank off the coast of Lebanon, resulting in the deaths of 44 people and over 28,000 animals.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.