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The end of my visit to New Zealand
My Final visit in New Zealand was at Lincoln Agritech with
Armin Werner and Jesse Roberts. Lincoln agritech is a subsidiary of Lincoln
University, and is involved with developing products with industry. There is
currently a focus on how NZ agriculture affec...

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Another world record holder
Chris farms right on the pacific coast and was the second
world record holder I visited. Chris’s farm is similar to ours in size and
cropping rotation, based around cereals, mostly autumn sown but growing more
spring crops due weed control, sound familiar. ...

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A sucessful family company
  I visited Peter
Mitchell who farms near Omarau, and is a fifth generation farmer. The farm
business structure is relatively uncommon for NZ as Peter farms with his uncle
and cousins, and run the Mitchell and Webster company. All the different family
membe...

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Farming in Southland
I had the pleasure of spending a few days with Steve and
Heather Wilkins, who farm near Athol in Southland. Their farming business, Wilkins Farming , is large and very diverse, including cropping, diary, sheep,
deer, grain handling and a farm shop. It was f...

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FAR field day in Southland
Steve  took me to a local field day organised by FAR, I was looking forward to seeing how FAR deliver their research to local farmers, having visited them early on my trip. On the way to the field day we went to an oat growers group meeting looking at the d...

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Southland the land of Drones
After spending a fantastic weekend in Mossburn and Te Anau with friends I started to travel north again, but only as far as Athol. I met up with Steve Wilkins and Heather Wilkins, Steve is a Nuffield scholar in my year. He was just getting to the end of wri...

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How to grow a world record crop of wheat
I had the pleasure of spending some time with the current world wheat record yield holder Mike Solari. Mike emigrated to Gore in southland in 1974, having grown up on his family farm only a few miles from by home. Mike set the record of 15.636T/ha off 8.869...

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A visit with Dryland Farmer Hugh Wigley
  I continued to travel
south down state highway 1 and meet up with an old friend who I worked with in
Western Australia 16 years ago who runs a gorse spraying business in Waimate.
It was great to catch up and see him again. We had a drive around the area a...

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Visit with Michael Taylor a fellow Nuffield scholar
I caught up with Michael who did his Nuffield last year on future arable technologies, which is similar to my study so I was keen learn about his findings and see his farming operation. Michael farms with his brother and father, near Winchester in Canterbur...
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