Horticulture and Cropping
Spray off the green belts around your paddocks or suffer severe problems in your crops. That’s the advice from Dennis Carter who says the fence lines harbour all sorts of insects and diseases that winter over in them and as soon as your crop is established, they spread into it.
Irrigation is a huge asset, but it does have a sinister side to it. Dennis Carter says there are several diseases that are spread by rain, and irrigation does the same thing. He suggests regular checks on crops and the use of fungicides after watering in a preventative measure rather than curing the problem after damage has been done.
Direct drilling is a sure way to help preserve moisture and with a dry season looming it is to be encouraged. Dennis Carter says it will also help with weed control as seeds will be more inclined to nit germinate unless the soil is cultivated. He suggests round up the previous crop, wait for the first weed strike and round up that and then drill. (Watch Interview)
The season looks good for Vege growing in Canterbury with conditions looking great. Robin Oakley of Oakley Fresh Veges says the winter was good for him with conditions favouring winter crops and now the spring is also great as summer crops go into the ground. He says there is enough moisture for a good strike. (Watch Interview)
Loose lips sink ships was a saying used in Britain during WW2 but it seems it applies when talking with your bank manager. Kerry Adams from DAA says IRD have every right to see notes made by bank managers during meetings with their clients and that can result in extra tax. He suggests you e-mail your manager after a meeting with a summary of what was said get the manager to confirm it. He says things such as borrowing money for a quick property purchase for a fast sale can lead to the profit being taxed because of the intent. (Watch Interview)
Education by Lincoln University
Owl Farm in the Waikato is providing dairy farmers with vital information and training young people in Agriculture. Doug Dibley says because the demonstration farm is part of a school, students are getting a chance for learning with a hands on advantage. Owl farm is part of the Lincoln University along with the Lincoln demonstration farm. (Watch Interview)
A background in forensic DNA work has lead to New Zealand getting better wine. Darryl Lizamore is using his DNA knowledge he gained working in forensics to increase the range and make up of our New Zealand grape vines. Based at Lincoln University, Darryl says the DNA of a plant can be used to create new varieties and create much better stock than trial and error in the vineyard. (Watch Interview)
Innovation and Technology
Technology simply keeps moving forward and communication is no different. Dave Dredge from T L Parker says the modern cell phones can now connect with two way radios meaning communication is totally global. He says people can conference call on the system as well as one on one. Dave says the technology is very simple to use and coverage worldwide from any property is now possible for everyone. (Watch Interview)