Welcome to Cut the Crop! - keeping you in the know about everything you grow.
Presented by the Foundation for Arable Research (FAR), an applied research and information transfer organisation responsible primarily to New Zealand arable growers.
Researchers, growers and other interesting folk delivering insights and information on topics ranging from agronomy to profitability. Tune in weekly to cultivate your knowledge and add value to your cropping business.
For more information about FAR visit: www.far.org.nz
FEP audits…going for gold
Looking for an A grade in your farm environment plan audit?
In this episode, Anna Heslop asks FEP auditor Sue Cumberworth how the audit process works and what she wants to see and hear during an audit visit; and learns how to shift a B grade to an A.
Biosecurity, paying our way
Seed and Grain Readiness and Response (SGRR), the arable industry’s biosecurity group, formally signed up to a Government Industry Agreement (GIA) with MPI in June last year. The GIA agreement included the mechanism to set a biosecurity levy, and FAR is currently carrying out formal consultation and notification of this process. In this episode, Alison Stewart explains how and when the levy will be activated, and who pays.
Milling wheat myth busting
A large proportion of the wheat milled in New Zealand is imported. In this episode, FAR’s Ivan Lawrie does some myth-busting around why this is the case, and outlines a project aimed at improving grower returns by increasing consumer demand for New Zealand ‘grown’ bread.
Freshwater and FEPs - what's your plan?
FEPs, Freshwater Plans, Integrated Farm Plans…there’s a lot of talk about planning at present! In this episode, Alison Stewart talks to FAR Environmental Researcher Turi McFarlane about the range of farm plans currently under consideration, how they link to regulation and what arable farmers can do now, to get ahead in the planning game!
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Growers Leading Change
From grassweeds to soil health and everything in between. Erica Callaghan, the National Coordinator of FAR’s Growing Leading Change programme talks to Alison Stewart about some of the Arable Growth Groups that are already up and running within this new knowledge exchange programme, and what’s coming next.
Select for cereal disease resistance
FAR’s Jo Drummond discusses the benefits of considering disease resistance ratings when choosing your autumn sown wheat cultivars, providing tips for cutting back on spending…not on yield.
A great day in the tractor!
This podcast made my day in the tractor much more interesting. It gave me new topics to think about it as I was driving and made me ask myself new questions for new things to read. Looking forward to the following episodes.