FAR has three arable research sites which host a number of research trials and field days every year. The FAR arable research sites aim to provide visitors with a representation of FAR funded research at 'one-stop' sites. Should you wish to discuss any of the trials in more detail, or visit any of our research sites, please contact the FAR office to be put into contact with the relevant Project Manager.
Chertsey Arable Research Site
1904 Rakaia Highway, Rakaia
Set in the heart of Mid Canterbury's cropping region just south of Rakaia, the Chertsey Arable Research Site is the focal point for FAR work in Mid Canterbury. In any given year, the 16 hectare site hosts a range of research trials on cereal and seed production, environmental practices, and long-term cultivation. Trials are conducted under dryland and irrigated conditions. Every year in December, FAR hosts either the ARIA field day or CROPS Annual Expo, to present on and demonstrate current research.
Northern Crop Research Site (NCRS)
82 Oaklea Lane, Tamahere
The Northern Crop Research Site (NCRS) at Tamahere, just outside Hamilton, hosts a number of maize, forage and other trials, including a long-term cultivation trial. The 26 hectare site provides a platform for research conducted in the Northern North Island.
Corner of Springs Road & Ellesmere Junction Road, Lincoln
Kowhai Farm sits on 15.5 hectares of Templeton silt loam soils and provides a platform for seed research in New Zealand. Its close proximity to Lincoln University, research organisations and seed companies is well suited for strengthening links with the Lincoln research community, as well as a showcase for testing new on-farm technology for sensing and capturing environmental data. At least 70% of the site has access to irrigation.