21 Mar 2014

Arable research body sets strategy

3:31 pm on 21 March 2014

The Foundation for Arable Research has just launched its next three-year strategy, which aims to keep arable farming a good viable option for farmers.

Chief executive Nick Pyke says the key points include making sure they have the right people doing the research and having leading research that has the ability to make a difference for farmers.

Waikato maize fields

Waikato maize fields. Photo: PHOTO NZ

He says arable farming is buoyant at the moment and they want that to continue.

"What we are seeing is more and more integration of cropping into pastoral systems, for dairy particularly but also sheep farms."

Mr Pyke says it's important to develop the right partnerships, which must be complementary to the work the foundation is doing.

"We are looking at how we can link expertise with animals and nutrients into the programmes we are doing."