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Ideal conditions for sowing

Friday, 8 April 2016, 11:10 am | Agriseeds

Ideal conditions for sowing 8 April: If you haven’t sown your new pastures yet, there’s no better time than now to get seed into the ground. Soil temperatures in many parts of the North Island and upper South Island are still mild – over ... More >>

Champions of the Forage Value Index

Thursday, 11 February 2016, 2:20 pm | Agriseeds

Champions of the Forage Value Index February 11: DairyNZ has recently released its latest rankings for the Forage Value Index (FVI), the independent, region specific, profit-based index for short-term and perennial ryegrass cultivars. For the first ... More >>

Spray fast to capture soil moisture, farmers urged

Friday, 8 January 2016, 1:46 pm | Agriseeds

Spray fast to capture soil moisture, farmers urged January 8: North Canterbury farmers keen to hoard every drop of soil moisture after the first proper rain in 18 months should spray run out paddocks with herbicide as soon they get a weed strike. That ... More >>

Double cropping asking for trouble

Wednesday, 21 October 2015, 11:55 am | Agriseeds

There’s quite a bit of interest this year in double cropping, or sowing the same crop in the same paddock over two or more years. It’s seen as a cost-saving measure but unfortunately it’s likely to cost more than it saves in both risk of crop failure ... More >>

Getting the better of El Nino before it gets dry

Tuesday, 15 September 2015, 10:37 am | Agriseeds

Hawkes Bay 15 September: Tap rooted, reliable and highly productive, one forage herb species could make all the difference to farmers’ summer feed supply as El Nino looms large this season. More >>

Be careful with cheap grass seed

Monday, 7 September 2015, 1:49 pm | Agriseeds

Think twice before buying cheap pasture seed this spring – you may well get more (or less) than you bargained for, and not in a good way. That’s the advice to farmers looking to save money re-sowing paddocks left bare after winter crop. With poor germination, ... More >>

Budgeting for pasture profitability & resilience

Tuesday, 12 May 2015, 12:26 pm | Agriseeds

May 12: Reining in operating expenses while spending to remain profitable under the current payout may seem like a contradiction in terms. But cost-conscious dairy farmers finalising their budgets for 2015/16 can do both, says a Canterbury pasture ... More >>

New release takes annual ryegrass to a new level

Thursday, 5 March 2015, 1:12 pm | Agriseeds

March 5: A new tetraploid annual ryegrass proven to yield 1 tonne dry matter/ha more than old common varieties will help farmers enhance the productivity of their land this season. More >>

Grow your bottom line with new pasture

Monday, 2 March 2015, 11:56 am | Agriseeds

March 2: Cost-conscious dairy farmers take heart – even with the lower payout, investing in new pasture remains highly profitable this autumn. More >>

White clover rewards careful sowing

Wednesday, 25 February 2015, 3:38 pm | Agriseeds

February 25: Farmers can get up to 20% more white clover established in their new paddocks simply by sowing it differently, a Canterbury trial has found. More >>

Pasture recovery plan – growing grass after the dry

Friday, 20 February 2015, 12:27 pm | Agriseeds

February 20: Livestock has been the number one priority in areas hit by the recent dry – and rightly so – but now pastures also need attention, to fuel farm recovery after rain, and provide the main source of feed for the next 12 months. More >>

Sow pastures early; don’t wait for rain

Tuesday, 17 February 2015, 10:30 am | Agriseeds

February 16: New research confirms it’s better to sow treated pasture seed early in dry autumns instead of waiting for rain before planting. More >>

Brown paddock recovery & Repairing drought-damaged pastures

Thursday, 7 March 2013, 3:24 pm | Agriseeds

Livestock management may have been farmers’ number one priority during recent dry weeks – and rightly so – but now it’s time to think about pastures too. More >>

Seed quality - sorting fact from fiction

Thursday, 25 March 2010, 3:56 pm | Agriseeds

Getting high value grass seed to the market with the right endophyte level is a matter of constant quality control for New Zealand’s leading pasture breeder. More >>

Benefit from Advances in Plant Breeding

Friday, 9 January 2009, 3:36 pm | Agriseeds

Which is just as well for farmers and livestock alike, not to mention the New Zealand economy. Huge advances in pasture performance over the past 30 years have delivered millions of dollars in farm-gate returns, thanks to the on-going efforts of New Zealand ... More >>

The Science Behind Safe Endophytes

Friday, 9 January 2009, 3:30 pm | Agriseeds

Scientists aren’t really supposed to operate on gut instinct. But that’s exactly what led Lester Fletcher to make one of the biggest discoveries in New Zealand agriculture nearly 30 years ago. More >>

Grazing management tips

Friday, 9 January 2009, 3:29 pm | Agriseeds

Ryegrass with safe endophyte is so palatable it may not need to be topped and can lead to higher clover content in the pasture. More >>

Forage crops boost carrying capacity, finishing

Monday, 29 September 2008, 1:59 pm | Agriseeds

Specialist forage crops are helping turn traditional store country into finishing land for increasing numbers of sheep farmers pressured by current market returns and rapidly changing land use. More >>

Turnips taking off after drought

Wednesday, 24 September 2008, 5:31 pm | Agriseeds

Farmers nationwide are turning to an old strategy in a new way this spring to help accelerate drought recovery and improve production at the same time. More >>

Farmers turn to grass to cut costs

Tuesday, 23 September 2008, 10:30 am | Agriseeds

Rocketing input costs have brought a renewed focus on New Zealand farming's most important resource this spring. More >>