Queen Elizabeth Park Restoration project one step closer with new approach to native planting

A long-held dream to return large parts of Queen Elizabeth Park to a forest of native plants and animals will be one step closer this week when a ground breaking new approach to planting starts.

Smart-As Farming

The SmartFarms app lets farmers track their environmental performance and provides data to prove the quality of their farm environment is improving. Read the article and listen to JP being interviewed on Country Life

Adding precision to kiwifruit production

Aongatete Coolstores Ltd has been working with Zespri to demonstrate the opportunities for growers, packhouses and marketers which may be available from improved product tracking.  The research programme records where bins are filled within orchard blocks and links fruit quality data from the grading system with that location.  Last year the concept was proven with a few orchards while this year a big effort has gone in to see how it might work on a wider scale.  For example a digital system has been developed to track the 4000 bins used for picking.