35 episodes

Welcome to Feed for Thought, a regular podcast hosted by Pioneer® Farm Systems Specialists Wade Bell and Matt Dalley. In this podcast series we aim to share in-depth information on technical and farm systems topics. Our aim is to keep the information practical and relevant to farmers and we hope to prompt thoughts, discussions and actions which improve the profitability and sustainability of farming. Tune in and listen to the team as well as our guests who will include researchers, agronomists and nutritionists from New Zealand and abroad. We hope to deliver cutting edge information, tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your investment in Pioneer® brand products and give you some “Feed for Thought”. 

Feed for Thought Pioneer Brand Products NZ

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    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

Welcome to Feed for Thought, a regular podcast hosted by Pioneer® Farm Systems Specialists Wade Bell and Matt Dalley. In this podcast series we aim to share in-depth information on technical and farm systems topics. Our aim is to keep the information practical and relevant to farmers and we hope to prompt thoughts, discussions and actions which improve the profitability and sustainability of farming. Tune in and listen to the team as well as our guests who will include researchers, agronomists and nutritionists from New Zealand and abroad. We hope to deliver cutting edge information, tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your investment in Pioneer® brand products and give you some “Feed for Thought”. 

    Cracking the code on maize populations

    Cracking the code on maize populations

    Join Dr. Rowland Tsimba, National Research and Agronomy Manager, Wade, and Matt as they sit down to discuss optimal plant populations and the impact this has on crop yield and quality. The team brings a global perspective to the discussion by comparing maize planting strategies in the United States and New Zealand. They highlight the importance of managing plant populations for silage versus grain and the value of tailoring planting decisions to your farm's environmental and soil conditi...

    • 24 min
    Navigating maize grain: Industry insights and impacts

    Navigating maize grain: Industry insights and impacts

    In this episode, Lower North Island Regional Manager Mark Burke shares insight on the maize grain market opportunities and considerations. Mark delves into the pressures of regional demands, maize contracts, and pricing tactics and how these factors converge to shape the current grain market. The team discusses the methods growers use to ensure profitable sales, highlighting the significance of careful planning, especially after the recent surge in grain prices. With a focus on the challenges...

    • 30 min
    Sowing seeds of change in farming practices with David Wordsworth

    Sowing seeds of change in farming practices with David Wordsworth

    In an episode packed with technological advancements, adaptive strategies, and a love for the agriculture industry, join Wade and Hamish as they sit down with David Wordsworth, Northland maize grain grower and cover of our 2024 grain catalogue. David shares the family's journey from dairy and beef farming to introducing maize into the grain industry in the 1970s. The team discusses the growth of Grain Co, which has become a symbol of self-sufficiency by reducing transport costs and suppo...

    • 23 min
    Balancing tradition and innovation for sustainable agribusiness with Jenna Smith

    Balancing tradition and innovation for sustainable agribusiness with Jenna Smith

    From dairying in Otago to the Chief Executive of Pouarua Farms, an iwi-owned 2200-hectare operation in the Hauraki Plains, Jenna Smith, the cover of our 2024 Maize Silage catalogue, joins Wade and Brent Bishop, Upper North Island Regional Manager, to recount her remarkable journey. This episode covers the details of farming on peatlands into the larger narrative of ecological stewardship. The evolution of a 2200-hectare farm as it shifts from traditional animal husbandry to pioneering da...

    • 24 min
    Cultivating a legacy of sustainable dairy and beef production with Adrian Ball

    Cultivating a legacy of sustainable dairy and beef production with Adrian Ball

    Join Wade and Matt as they sit down with Adrian Ball to the delve into the story of the Ball family's Waikato farm that's seen transformation from traditional cattle grazing to a beacon of dairy and beef production excellence. You'll hear how success isn't just counted in output but in the wellbeing of staff, the welfare of animals, and the stewardship of the environment. The team get into a deep-rooted discussion on dairy-derived beef, the farm as an enjoyable workplace, and the forward...

    • 28 min
    Creating progression pathways with John Numan and Brian Basi

    Creating progression pathways with John Numan and Brian Basi

    In our latest episode, joining Matt and Wade are Waikato based, John Numan, farm owner and Brian Basi, herd-owning sharemilker. Together, they explain how they develop and maintain a strong owner share-milker relationship and share some of the farm systems and business fundamentals that support their businesses to achieve the goals of both parties.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Gem Kiwi. ,

Must listen

This new format is awesome listening.
We need education like this if New Zealand farming is going to progress and succeed.
Fantastic effort lads.

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