Agriculture News from Week 18

New Zealand

Bicentennial of plough use marks 200 important years for New Zealand's farming

A humble anniversary marks what was likely the start of New Zealand's $5.8 billion-a-month export earner. Sunday May 3 marks 200 years since the plough was first used in the country, turning the sod for New Zealand's agriculture and horticulture industry.

Nationwide feed shortages are prompting DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb New Zealand to encourage farmers to act now to secure next season's performance

This is a press release from DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb New Zealand The impact of drought and flood conditions have resulted in pasture shortages in many regions heading into May, but particularly Northland, Waikato, Lower North Island, North Canterbury and Southland, where securing crucial winter feed is now a priority for many.

NZ agritech builds relationships

Building relationships with other Kiwi agtech leaders and innovators was a surprising outcome for some attending the high-profile evokeAG event in Melbourne last month. Among those was Priya Wallabh, strategic development manager for Ecolibrium Biologicals, who attending the event for a second year....

Ag sector in a strong position to reboot economy

Strong international demand for New Zealand's food, despite the global effects of COVID-19, could help provide a springboard to get more Kiwis into primary sector jobs. So says Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor. He says the latest provisional trade statistics show our apples and kiwifruit continu...


Optimism in the air as wheat sowing begins

With Anzac Day historically being the 'go to' date to start the winter sowing program just past, we have seen the majority of growers already well and truly into this season's sowing program due to the terrific early autumn break we have experienced.

Stronger dollar continues to hamper Aussie grain demand

A STRONGER Australian dollar continued to hamper demand for Australian grain last week. The dollar's rise is making Australian grain less competitive in global markets at recent grower trade values. Hence the surge in demand for grain as the $A fell and pushed Australian grain values higher, had largely dried up last week as many exporters stepped to the sidelines.

South America

Record wheat crop projected in Argentina

BUENOS AIRIES, ARGENTINA - Argentina is forecast to harvest a record wheat crop in 2020-21 at 20.2 million tonnes, according to a Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) report from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Digital Transformation Promotes Agriculture in Latin America

Digital transformation is key to agriculture of the future, especially in a strategic region such as Latin America. These digital tools are already helping farmers make decisions for their crops as well as reducing the environmental impact . As our population continues to grow, agriculture must also evolve.

Food Updates

Will chickpeas, seaweed, coconuts and mung beans become the top plant-based proteins?

Mung bean, chickpea, coconut and seaweed are the plant-based proteins that are best positioned to displace the current protein options, according to research by FutureBridge. Mung beans are ideal to mimic eggs, with many of the same amino acids and emulsification properties.

Half of food companies say coronavirus pandemic will make them stronger

Half of food and beverage leaders said manufacturers will emerge from the coronavirus pandemic stronger, according to a survey conducted by food innovation lab Mattson. Respondents said consumers rediscovering cooking at home, coupled with the streamlining of supply chains necessary to get products out at this time, create a net positive for the industry.