Another arable field day success

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Lincoln Agritech's Peter Carey talks at Crops 2020 about catch crops: creating win-wins for farmers and the environment. Photo Toni Williams

It was touted as Canterbury’s biggest farming event and was one of the few agricultural industry gatherings to go ahead this year due to Covid-19.

There were a range of speakers on site including Wakanui farmer Eric Watson, PGG Wrightson’s Steve Shorter, and Pure Oil’s Keith Gundry as well as FAR’s own team talking about the latest research for the future of New Zealand cropping. The event which started in 1995 is in its 25th year.

Farmers and industry personnel turned out to hear the speakers cover topics on soil protection, catch crops, nitrogen use, about new crop options and to learn practical to arable growers.

FAR chief executive Dr Alison Stewart said the arable industry’s importance to Kiwis was highlighted this year as Covid-19 lockdowns impacted food supplies.

arable industry supplies key ingredients such as locally grown grains, which form an important part of many Kiwi’s diets. The team at FAR are proud to recognise the role of the arable farmers whose efforts fuel our local economy, particularly in times of hardship and disruption such as those experienced this year. Crops 2020 is our chance to acknowledge and applaud the resilience of our industry members,

Arable growers around the country supply grains and seeds for a wide range of bread and baked produce, beer and oils as well as providing critical grass seed and animal feed for the $20 billion livestock industry. While remaining relatively unknown to their fellow Kiwis, the 11,500 workers employed in the sector are global leaders in the production of carrot, radish, ryegrass and white clover seed as well as holding the world yield records for both wheat and barley.

needed social and educational event for our industry after a challenging year.” FAR not only shared their research findings, but also sponsor’s machinery, cultivar, agrichemical and other product demonstrations.

The event was followed by a celebration dinner to mark FAR’s quarter century supporting the arable industry.Sneakers Storenike shoes black with silver sparkles women boots Triple White