28 January 2020

In this issue

Mike's Blog

Waste no water

Do you think Australia would waste water like we do in New Zealand? I don’t think so. One of the main differences between New Zealand and Australia is that we get a lot of rain, and they don’t. But the other difference is that in Australia, they store the water that they get, whereas we don’t.

Read the full blog here.

Grower support

New horticultural scholarship for Massey University

Fruitfed Supplies is offering a new scholarship to a third-year Massey University horticulture student.  Worth $5,000, the scholarship is to promote excellence by supporting future leaders and will be awarded to one student each year.

“We are always looking for ways to help grow the talent pool in New Zealand’s thriving and exciting horticultural industry,” says Fruitfed Supplies National Manager Duncan Fletcher.  “The scholarship is one way we can offer tangible support to a student who genuinely seeks to create a career in horticulture.”

Applications must be in by 3 March 2020.
Click for more info

Meet the grower has launched two new ‘Meet the grower’ videos: Growing and freezing sweet corn; and Growing and freezing peas. Thanks to Cedenco Chief Executive, Joe Nelson for hosting these videos.

These videos are also on the YouTube channel. 
Click here to watch

Covered crop grower workshop at Lincoln, 18 February 2020

Tomatoes NZ and Vegetables NZ are holding a workshop at Lincoln University on Tuesday 18 February from 9am to 12.30pm to update growers on covered crop research.

The workshop will cover biocontrols, tamarixia releases, farm environment plans, automation and more.

If you are interested, please RSVP to Karen Orr by midday on Friday 14 February and advise if you have any special dietary requirements.
Click here for full details

HortNZ’s refreshed strategy

The HortNZ Board is refreshing the HortNZ Strategy. They would like your feedback on the draft before the strategy is finalised.  Please send feedback to HortNZ Chief Executive, Mike Chapman.
Click here to view strategy and submit
In the media
Newshub: Countdown introduces plastic-free trial in produce department
The Spinoff: Recipe: Best-ever potato salad
Stuff: Robot start-up Radius Robotics seeks to solve world's soil depletion
Farmers Weekly: Low water tables dry the north

Newshub: Mysterious plum theft leaves orchard owner out of pocket

There have been reports of thefts of produce. Horticulture New Zealand advises reporting any thefts immediately to local police.
Ag Chemicals

Guidance on the use of Acephate and Methamidophos Insecticides on Vegetable Crops

Vegetable Research and Innovation (VR&I) and Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) have published a new agrichemical poster. This is relevant to most vegetable crops.

An article will be published in NZGrower (February 2020 issue) to promote the poster.
Click to download poster

Young Grower 2020 gets underway

This year's Bay of Plenty Young Grower competition is on Saturday 8 February at the Te Puke A&P Showgrounds. 

The Awards and Gala Dinner will be held on Wednesday 12 February at Trustpower Arena, Mount Maunganui, and will be MC'd by comedian, Guy Williams.

The eight contestants are Emily Crum, Bryce Morrison, Aurora McGee-Thomas, Melissa van den Heuvel, Katherine Bell, Megan Fox, William Milsom, and Harry Singh. 
Click here for more info

Horticulture Conference 2020 - Save the date!

The 2020 Horticulture Conference will be at Mystery Creek on 29-31 July. More details will be announced soon.
For sponsorship information, click here
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