The pros and cons of direct drilling, strip tillage and full cultivation were debated at a FAR field discussion on Maize in a Drought Year held at the Waikato Arable Research Site (WARS) on Tuesday (12 March, 2013).
Speakers Mike Parker from FAR and Paul Johnstone from Plant & Food Research covered the practical aspects of managing this year’s crop as well as some ideas on the best techniques for establishing following crops.
Today’s declaration of drought for the South Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Hawkes Bay regions, on top of last week’s announcement in Northland recognises the difficult conditions being faced by farmers across much of the North Island. We appreciate that every property is different, and as such, the only across the board advice we can give is to be pro-active in decision making for your property and business.
Drought relief is being managed by the Rural Support Trust, and your local representative can be contacted on...
The Foundation for Arable Research is running a Drought in Maize discussion at it Waikato Arable Research Site (WARS) at 4.00pm on Tuesday 12 March.
FAR’s Waikato Project Manager Mike Parker, says the event will cover practical aspects of managing this year’s crop as well as some ideas on the best techniques for establishing following crops. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.
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Industry response to last year’s announcement that glyphosate resistant weeds had been identified in New Zealand for the first time has been positive and supportive, says Avoiding Glyphosate Resistance project leader Mike Parker from the Foundation for Arable Research (FAR).
Mr Parker says representatives from primary sectors as well as regional councils and roading authorities are working together to identify and deal with existing cases, and to develop strategies to minimise the number of new ones.