Economic, environmental and social benefits are prompting a growing number of Australasian and US farmers to adopt precision variable rate irrigation systems.
New Zealand, a country generally known for its ample annual rainfall and phenomenal natural crop growth, is an unlikely origin for a precision irrigation development that’s gaining traction globally. However, light soils and sporadic precipitation in some regions, plus readily available water for irrigation, mean close to 800,000 ha or 6.5% of the country’s farmland is artificially watered.
Originally, much of that was with flood irrigation using border-dykes but, in the drive for water use efficiency and environmental protection, spray irrigation has become the norm, mostly with centre-pivots. . .
Growers get 20,000 plants back after MPI testing clears any risk – Eric Frykberg:
The Ministry for Primary Industries has released about 20,000 apple plants and 400 stone fruit plants which it impounded as a biosecurity risk three months ago.
It has now completed testing of the plants and found no trace of pests or diseases.
As a result they have been freed from all restrictions. . .
MPI slow to pay M bovis compensation – Rachel Kelly:
Some farmers are seeking help from their MP to get compensation claims paid out after their farms have been infected by Mycoplasma bovis.
Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker said MPI’s response to compensation claims for M. bovis had improved in recent months, but it still needed to be better.
The ministry said it was aware that some farmers have found the compensation process difficult, but it was important that each claim was assessed and approved properly. . .
Carbon trees ‘opportunity’ for landowners – Toni Williams:
There is ”renewed opportunity” for landowners to get into carbon trees, Carbon Forest Services managing director Ollie Belton says.
And ”hopefully it will mean more trees (planted) on farms”.
Mr Belton was a guest speaker at a Bayleys Real Estate breakfast meeting attended by sales agents and invited guests at the Hotel Ashburton, in Ashburton, earlier this month. . .
In 2007, the Omapere Rangihamama Trust was broke. A decade later, the Far North Trust won the prestigious Ahuwhenua Māori Excellence in Farming Award for the top sheep and beef farm in Aotearoa.
They continued to decline for the next three decades until a new management team with clear strategies and visions was put in place in 2007. . .
Fonterra’s Chilean farmers threaten to break away – Gerard Hutching:
Disgruntled Chilean dairy farmers have threatened to stop supplying Fonterra because they say they are being underpaid for their milk.
The dairy giant has a 86 per cent ownership stake of processing company Prolesur, but some small farmers in southern Chile who supply it are unhappy with their treatment.
Waikato dairy consultant Mike McBeath, who is chairman of Chilean company Chilterra, said it was looking to combine with about 200 farmers to create a rival co-operative. . .
Fonterra has bred an ‘us versus them’ mentality damaging farmers – Louise Giltrap:
I think it’s about time we got some things cleared up around how people think our dairy giant Fonterra operates.
The statement I love hearing the most is: “But you farmers own Fonterra and you should take back some control!”
And the second one just recently has in response to the grandiose five-star functions held over the last fortnight for select Fonterra staff: “It’s not the farmers’ money they are spending!”
Alrighty, so let’s start at the beginning. All the farmers get a vote and that vote is cast on what is selectively put in front of us to vote on. . .