The Foundation for Arable Research (FAR) is an applied research and information transfer organisation responsible primarily to New Zealand arable growers.

There are over 2,700 farmers in New Zealand involved in arable cropping activities, with combined farm gate sales of approximately NZ $1Bn, including cereal grains, pulses, maize grain and specialised seed crops for export and domestic markets. Annual crops are grown from the northernmost parts of New Zealand down to Southland, with maize being the dominant crop in the North Island whereas cereal grains (wheat, barley) and seed production (grass seeds, legume seeds and vegetable seeds) is carried out mainly in Canterbury and Southland.

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  • CROPS 2018

    FAR’s CROPS event will be held on Wednesday 5th December 2018. CROPS is more than just a field day. It is a full day event which allows farmers to view demonstration plots investigating everything from cultivars to cultivation, and to see and hear the latest research findings from New Zealand and international experts. The aim is to provide every grower with new information to take away and apply to their own farming operation.

    FAR spokesperson Anna Heslop says there has been great support from industry for demonstration and exhibition sites, and that the programme of 12 talks highlighting issues and options for the cropping industry, is close to being confirmed.

    “We’re pleased to confirm that herbicide resistance expert Dr Peter Boutsalis from the University of Adelaide will be giving a presentation. Peter provides herbicide resistance support and extension to growers, agronomists and the chemical industry and also manages Plant Science Consulting, an Adelaide based company specialising in Herbicide Resistance Testing.

    CROPS is held at the FAR Chertsey Arable Site, a 13.5 ha mix of irrigated and non-irrigated land on SH1 just north of Chertsey. FAR has had demonstrations at the site for 15 years, providing a long-term show-case for a number of high profile research projects, funded by grower levies and external grants, on a number of crops.

  • Arable Farmer & Biosecurity Farmer of the Year Awards 2018

    The Federated Farmers Arable Industry Group Executive is now taking nominations from members for the Arable Farmer of the Year 2018 and Biosecurity Farmer of the Year 2018. The Arable Farmer of the Year award is designed to recognise a Federated Farmers member who balances production requirements against environmental, sustainability and other compliance requirements. The Biosecurity Farmer of the Year is someone who has demonstrated intuition and motivation in addressing the potential risks posed by pests, weeds and diseases to their businesses and livelihoods. This award aims to promote and reward excellence in on-farm biosecurity practices in the arable industry

    The winners of these awards will be announced at the Federated Farmers Arable Industry Group Conference on Wednesday 6 June. If you know a deserving recipient for either of these awards or for more information, please contact Philippa Rawlinson ( or 021512971).

    Closing date for nominations is the 25th May 2018.

    Arable Farmer of the Year - Nomination form

    Biosecurity Farmer of the Year - Nomination form