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Avoiding the sun wasn’t a problem at the Ashburton A and P Show. There wasn’t a whole lot of it. It’s usually about the time people start showing a bit of skin and sometimes, unwittingly, catch a big dose of sunburn. Those my vintage and older paid little regard to the sun’s dangerous UV rays when we were young – I am paying for it now, and am vigilant about moles that change or red spots that won’t go away. It takes a few minutes with your doctor to check them


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Have you got sunscreen on? Linda Clarke


Don’t roll your eyes farmers, husbands and sons – in fact all men – stats show only one in two of you actually wear the life-saving lotion. That’s just plain dumb in a country which has the highest rate of melanoma in the world. And it’s not just melanoma you need to protect yourself against, the sun’s UV rays also cause basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Don’t be confused, carcinoma is just another word for cancer. Around these parts, people get their first sunburn of the summer at the Methven rodeo or the Ashburton A and P Show. It’s a seasonal reminder to search out the sunscreen. continued over page

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From P3 Mid Canterbury Cancer Society health promoter Mandy Casey says farmers, workers and their families spend a huge number of hours outside so the risk of sunburn and excess sun exposure is high. New Zealand’s spring and summer UV levels are about 40 per cent higher than countries like Spain and Italy, who are at the equivalent northern latitudes. Contributing to the high UV levels are our clear skies and unpolluted atmosphere, as well as the depletion of the Antarctic ozone layer. UV rays are invisible, you can’t feel them or seem them, so you get sunburn on a windy, cold or cloudy day. It is important to remember UV is not related to temperature, she says. New Zealand doesn’t only beat Australia at rugby. This year we beat them with the highest rate of melanoma in the world. It is the fourth most common cancer in New Zealand, with 2324 cases in 2012 – 354 people died of melanoma that year. Seventy per cent of melanoma cases occur in those 50 years or older. Significant number of men and women

SunSmart Myth Busters I tan easily so my skin is less likely to be damaged

False: Any exposure to UV radiation has the potential to cause skin damage. Burning and peeling are signs that some damage has already occurred even if it turns into a tan.

Suntans are healthy

False: There is no such thing as a safe or healthy tan. It does not improve your body’s ability to protect yourself from the sun.

The temperature gives me a good idea of my chances of getting sunburnt

False: The heat from the sun is caused by infrared radiation, not ultraviolet (UV) radiation. UV radiation can still be high even on a cool day, when infrared radiation is low. Just think about how easy it is to get sunburnt on the skifields when it can be very cold.

I can’t get sunburnt on a cloudy day False: You can still get sunburnt on a cloudy day.

between the ages of 25 and 44 get melanoma and 30 per cent of cases occur in those younger than 50.

At least 80 per cent of UV radiation can get through light cloud cover.

I’m windburnt not sunburnt

False: Your windburn is sunburn caused by UV radiation. Wind lowers the temperature of the air making it easy to forget that the UV radiation from the sun is still strong. Just think about why you don’t get windburn if you’re out in the dark on a windy night.

Sunscreen blocks out all UV radiation

False: No sunscreen filters out all UV radiation – that’s why you need to limit your time in the sun no matter what sunscreen you’re using. When exposure to the summer sun is unavoidable, cover up with clothing and a hat and use sunscreen as your last line of defence.

I can’t get sunburnt if I’m in the water False: UV radiation can penetrate into water, plus

Casey says a worrying statistic is that death rates are higher in men and appear to be increasing.

the reflection of UV radiation off the water means you are getting an extra dose of UV radiation.

Wearing a t-shirt in the water is as sun protective as a rash shirt False: A wet t-shirt may offer only half the protection it does when it is dry. If you are going to be in the water, a rash shirt and sunscreen is a good form of protection. A full body wetsuit gives even better protection.

It doesn’t matter if I get sunburnt as a child, only old people get melanoma

False: If you have a history of one or more sunburns before you turn 20, research suggests you have a much higher chance of getting melanoma skin cancer as you age.

Maori, Pacific Island people or Asian people do not get melanoma False: Melanoma is less common among these ethnic groups, but can still occur.

Mothers, sisters and coworkers make it your mission this summer to get the men in your lives to wear sunscreen.

Prevention and early detection can go a long way in reducing the risk of skin cancer. Check your skin regularly, even between your toes, for any new or changing spot, freckle or mole. If you notice anything new or changing, see your doctor. If you have a busy skin with lots of moles and freckles, then consider having a regular mole map. A trained technician uses a special camera to take close-up images of your skin and these are then scrutinised by a dermatologist. If there is something dodgy, they’ll recommend removal. If you go regularly enough, the mole map people can track your moles over decades, so suspicious changes are noted immediately. The earlier melanomas are found, the better the chance of surviving this nasty cancer. Prevention takes many forms and it’s obviously not practical for outdoor workers to stay under a tree in the shade between 11am and 4pm. You can protect your skin with clothing that covers as much as possible, hats that protect the face, ears and neck, and wraparound sunglasses. Use SPF30+ water resistant sunscreen and reapply every two hours.







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One Mid Canterbury farming couple has been seeing a dermatologist since the 1970s to have “bits” cut out or frozen. Jenny (not her real name, as she prefers her medical history to be private) said skin cancers and melanomas were a big issue for those in their 60s and 70s, thanks to the hours they spent outside without protection from the sun as teenagers. “I remember my sister sunbathing on the concrete at the back door, covered in oil to get brown. And my husband would strip down to a singlet and spend hours on the tractor.” She is being vigilant for both of them now, keeping a close eye on lesions or changes on their skin. They have frequent appointments with dermatologist Shan Edwards, who is based from The Bealey Clinic in Christchurch but comes to Ashburton regularly.

Jenny said their son, in his early 40s, was also under her supervision. The couple have changed their attitude to the sun, but Jenny fears the damage is already done. She has high protection sunscreen stashed in handbags and gloveboxes and around the house, and her husband wears a hat and long-sleeved shirt. She still struggles to get him to wear sunscreen. Her grandchildren are preparing better for their older years. They religiously wear sunscreen and wide-brimmed hats, taking on board the sunsafe message that has been drummed in by parents and schools. Jenny says their sun awareness will pay off. The message for older generations must be vigilance, followed by action. Women must take the lead and make a spot check appointment for their men, whether they like it or not.

There is lots of awareness about melanoma and the need to get your moles checked, but there are other consequences of sun damage to the skin, which are much more common and are best dealt with at an early stage. Once skin has started to become sun damaged, solar keratoses can develop. Early sun damage is reversible and solar keratoses are prevented by strict sun protection. If already present, keratoses may improve with very high sun protection factor (50+) broadspectrum sunscreen applied at least daily to affected areas, year-round. The number and severity of actinic keratoses can also be reduced by taking nicotinamide (vitamin B3)

500mg twice daily. Once significant keratoses have developed they can be treated with a range of techniques including freezing, excision and field therapy (with creams that destroy the affected area). Solar keratosis can develop into squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and skin which has been sun damaged is also at risk of basal cell carcinomas (BCC). Your general practitioner is the first place to get a skin check, and often they can manage all or most of the treatment necessary. Sometimes diagnosis and or treatment is more extensive or complex and they will need to refer you on to a specialist or the hospital.

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Show trophy list for 2016 The dust has settled on another Ashburton A and P Show, with the 139th edition held at the showgrounds on October 28 and 29. Organisers kept a wary eye on a cold front that made its way up the South Island on the Friday but the rain came at night and the event dodged a weather bullet. Gate takings were up, in spite of the cool weather and president Chris Watson can reflect on a job well done by his big team of largely volunteers. The breeders of our champion dairy cow and supreme sheep will no doubt be in action again this week at the Canterbury A and P Show, along with others; Ashburton show entrants who went home without ribbons may already be plotting about how to do better next year. The Tux Yarding Challenge and dog trials had great entries, with 145 battling sheep and the elements. Andy Clark (Jan) and Garry Woods (Campbell) have won spots at the big Geraldine challenge final next year, along with novice Dan Bishop and his dog Tyke. The official tally of points revealed the show trophy list for 2016: SHEEP • The John Bonifant Memorial Cup, Most Points in the Sheep Section, S J Sinclair • The Peter Drummond Memorial Cup, Most Points in the Border Leicester Section, Westmere Farming • T.W. Stevenson Challenge Cup, To the exhibitor of the Best Dorset Down Sheep Ram or Ewe, J T Miles

• Challenge Cup, Most points in Poll Dorset Section, Windermere Ltd • J.C. Guinness Memorial Cup, Best Sheep (Ram or Ewe) in the Hampshire Section, B & P Butterick • Risingholme Challenge Cup donated by D.S. Crossan, Exhibitor gaining Most Points in Hampshire Section, B & P Butterick • J & J Burton Challenge Trophy, Winner Most Points in Black & Coloured Sheep & Black & Coloured Wool Sections, J D and M L Stewart • Soundness Challenge Cup redonated by the late D.G. Wright, Winner of the Most Points in Romney Section, P & D Lowe • Andrew Letham Memorial Cup, Most Points in Flock Sheep Classes, Sam Hughes • Wrightson Challenge Cup, Winner of the Primary School Boys & Girls Section Hogget Class, Amelia Chambers • Eskdale Perpetual Challenge presented by Mr Colin D. Chisnall, Most Points in Wool Section, J D and M L Stewart • Donald Letham Memorial Trophy, Supreme Sheep of the Show, S J Sinclair CATTLE • Midland Dairy Challenge Cup, Champion Dairy Cow, DD, ME & JJ Stewart • Edwin Horsley Memorial Cup, Most Points in Cattle, DD, ME & JJ Stewart • The Herd Testers Challenge Trophy donated by Mr T.M. Adamson, Ashburton County Cow showing the Best Month Test, Type and

Production, DD, ME & JJ Stewart • Joshua Tucker Memorial Trophy, Most points in Jersey Cattle (Reg), Riverstone • H.M. Greenaway Memorial Trophy, Champion Jersey Cow, Riverstone • Walter Letham Cup, Most points in Friesian Cattle, DD, ME & JJ Stewart • Parsons Memorial Trophy, Local Breeder gaining moist points in Friesian Cattle, DD, ME & JJ Stewart • Ambreed N.Z. Trophy, Champion Calf, Ruby Graham • Midland Dairy Challenge Cup, 11 years & over in Children Section, William McKenzie • Brunchillie Challenge Cup, 7-10 years in Children Section, Ruby Graham • Eddie Totty Memorial Tray, Under 7 years in Children Section, Paige Stewart SHEEP DOGS • D.N. Adams Cup, Best local Dog in Dog Trials, Peter Hanna • J.H. Grigg Trophy, Winner of the Open Dog Trials, Andy Clark • Ashburton Guardian Centennial Trophy redonated by W.H. Weir, District Dog awarded the highest points, Nic France • C.A. McKay Challenge Cup, Best District Maiden Dog, Chris Curd • Mr & Mrs H.M. King Silver Tray, Winner of the District Run-off, Nic France GRAIN AND SEED • Fertilisers N.Z. Ltd Challenge Cup, Most Points in the Grain & Seeds Section, West Bros GOATS • Most Points in the Goat Section,

Barbara Kennedy HOME INDUSTRIES PAVILION • A.T. Begg Challenge Trophy, Most points in Student Classes, Bernize Butters • Association Trophy, Most points Adult Classes, Glenys Rapsey • G.R. Burton Challenge Cup, Most points in Wine Classes, Dennis Blackler • Ashburton Trust Challenge Trophy, Premier Exhibit in the Wine Section, Zanna Weet • Ashburton Trust Challenge Trophy, Most points in Beer Classes, Craig Wakelin • Walter Butterick Memorial Cup, Most points in Eggs & Fruit, Glenys Rapsey • Louisa Amos Memorial Challenge Trophy donated by the late W.H. Amos, Most points in Bread, Scones & Cakes Classes, Glenys Rapsey • Ashburton A&P Trophy, Winner of Tray Competition, Westpark WI • Andrew Memorial Rose Bowl donated by the family of the late Mrs P.J. Andrew, Most points in the Sewing, Clare Stewat • Ashburton WDFF Filigree Vase, Most points in Embroidery, Annette Bray • Ashburton A & P Association • Home Industries Trophy – Needlework, Most points in Patchwork, Marilyn Ellis • Ash Guardian Tankard, Most points in the Crafts Section, Anthea Reith • Ashburton A&P Trophy, Most points in Teddy Bear Section, Judy Skevington

• C.L. Begg Cup donated by Mrs C.L. Begg, Most points in Handcrafted Fibre, Fenn Leadley • T.H. Lemon Challenge Trophy, Most points in Hand Knitting, Wendy Kinvig • C.P. Lill Memorial Challenge Trophy, Champion Print – Photography, Clarrie Blake • Gordon Binsted Memorial Trophy, Most points overall in Photography, Hayley Zanker • Gordon Binsted Memorial Trophy No. 2, Most points in School Pupil Photography Classes, Jessica Chamberlain • The Ashburton Photographic Society Trophy, Top print in Novice Photography section, Clare Fairless • Association (Challenge) Cup, Most points in the Paintings, Brian Kerr • Connolly Cup, Most points in the Student Cookery, Bernize Butters • Ashburton A&P Assn Trophy, Most points in the Student Craft & Technology, Bernize Butters • Allan Stewart McGregor Memorial Cup, Most points in the Children’s Art, Gloria Wyatt • Hazel Lill Cup, Most points in the Children’s Flowers, Emma Becroft • Mrs R. McConnell’s Tray, Most points in Floral Art Section, Jackie Ryan • Rebbecca Johnstone Trophy, Premier Exhibit Student Cookery, Bernize Butters • Lowery Cup presented by James Lowery, Most points in the Flower Section, Shona Thomas • Ashburton Centennial Show Tray

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Points in Clydesdale, Dayboo Stud • Ideclare Trophy, Champion Standardbred, Ami Hopkinson • The Rockabilly Riding Pony Stud Trophy, Supreme Pure or Partbred Arab, • June Creswell Plate, Open Horse 1.20m, Table C, • J.F. Clemens Memorial Challenge, Novice Pony 0-5 wins over 138cm and up to 148 cm, Ella Walker • Mrs J. Montgomery Challenge Cup, Best Saddle Pony not exceeding 148 cm, Ashburton County, Natasha Waddell • W.R.Lemon Memorial Trophy, Champion Working Pony Hunter, Olivia Adams • Rothmans Challenge Trophy, Winner of the Novice Hunter up to 138 cm, Bella Casey-Solley • D.J. Penny Challenge Trophy, Winner of the Novice Hunter 138 cm and up to 148 cm, Grace Manera • Perpetual Challenge Cup presented by the late John P. McLeod, Awarded to the winning pair in the Pony Club Competition, Rakaia Pony Club • The Whats Wanted Memorial Cup donated by the Rockabilly Riding Pony Stud, Supreme Champion In Hand Pony, • Duncan McArthur Trophy, Best Yearling Pony, J & R Cooper • J.S. Lilley Memorial Challenge Cup redonated by Mrs R.E. Lilley, Champion Pony on the grounds, B Tait/J & R Cooper • John McLoone Memorial Challenge Trophy, Pony, to be ridden, 50% or more Welsh Blood, not over 148 cm. Rider to be under 17 years or age., • Rhythm Perpetual Challenge Cup presented by Miss N. Coe, Best Saddle Pony on the Grounds, B Tait/J & R Cooper • Rawene Cup re-donated by the last Miss I. Rutherford, Best Girl or Boy Rider from winners of riding classes in A B or C Groups, Natasha Waddell • The Mountain Laddie Trophy • Donated by Mrs G.J. Humm, Best Paced and Mannered Pony in Group A B & C, B Tait/ J & R Cooper • Keig Challenge Trophy, Best Saddle Pony – Group A Riders, • Kay Abbot Memorial Cup presented by Mr John Abbott, Best Saddle Pony in Group B, J Townley/Knight Family • Hewitt Family Trophy, Awarded to the Best Paced Pony 128 cm and not over 133 cm, Meg Fleming • Mill Creek Cup presented by Mr John Abbot, Champion Pony in Group C, • E.B. Maginness Memorial Trophy, Awarded to the Best Mannered Pony not over 123cm, • Ron & Nancy Wakelin Challenge Cup, Winner of the Most Points in Miniature Horses, Courtney Quinn / Sara Frew • Annette Baxter Tray, Winner of the Baxter Pony and Rider Unity Competition, Grace Tripe • Montrose Challenge Cup presented by the late Miss I. Rutherford, Winner of the Montrose Pony and Rider Unity Competition, Mrs D Sellar / Meg Glassey • Fidget Challenge Cup presented by Mr J.C. Guinness, Winner of the Fidget Pony and Rider Competition, Natasha Waddell • The Carnesso Stud Trophy donated by J & S Waddell, Champion First Ridden Pony, • The Carnesso Stud Cup Donated by C & N Waddell, Champion Lead Rein Pony, • The Butters Trophy Donated by Matt,Carmen & Jade Butters, Champion Coloured Horse.







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A host of information at CROPS From precision agriculture for potatoes to biosecurity and herbicide resistance, there will be a host of information on offer at the Foundation for Arable Research’s major crops expo at Chertsey next month. CROPS 2016 will take place at FAR’s Chertsey trial site on State Highway 1 on December 7 and the event is once again expected to attract hundreds of farmers from throughout the South Island. A dozen speakers will cover a range of subjects relevant to cropping in Canterbury. This year’s international guest speaker is Nicole Anderson from Oregon State University who will discuss issues around seed production in Oregon, drawing links with the New Zealand industry. Oregon is the world’s major producer of cool-season forage and turf grass seed and a widely recognised centre of expertise in seed production. Most of the acreage is located in the Willamette Valley, the “grass seed capital of the world”. Anderson is looking forward to the trip and it will



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FRNL rotations and N use efficiency. Brendon Malcolm, Plant & Food Research


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10 Other grasses for seed production. Richard Chynoweth & Phil Rolston, FAR 11 Agronomy, productivity and profitability of garden peas grown for seed. Joanne Drummond, FAR

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Focus on irrigation IrrigationNZ welcomes visitors to our exhibition site at the FAR fielday. Come and meet National Project Manager Steven Breneger and discuss your irrigation scheduling, irrigation system and soil moisture monitoring queries. On site we will have an exhibit demonstrating the principles of good irrigation scheduling. Understanding your soil is critical to irrigation scheduling. IrrigationNZ can provide you with resources that will help you understand your soil type and how much water it holds. Soil water budgets are a simple low-cost method to schedule your irrigation. Inputs (rainfall and irrigation) and outputs (plant water use and any drainage from over irrigation) are recorded as a daily water budget in mm. The soil’s water holding characteristics define the maximum amount of water that can be stored, again in mm. Soil water budgets work well for pasture irrigation where the daily Potential

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Evapotranspiration (PET) can be used as the measure of plant water use. For other crops PET needs to be adjusted by a crop factor, this reflects the crop type and/or growth stage. IrrigationNZ’s Irrigation Essentials and Irrigation

Management resource books provide detailed information on understanding soil water, climate measurements for irrigation, plant water use, and how to use these to schedule your irrigation. These are available free to IrrigationNZ members or a

small price for non-members. We can also put you in touch with commercial water budgeting tools and services. Soil water budgets are usually used in conjunction with soil moisture monitoring. On site will be copies of

our new Soil Moisture Monitoring Resource Book. Launched earlier this year, the guide book covers the technology options available for monitoring and considerations for installing and maintaining sensors. It also provides a list of simple questions irrigators can work through to successfully choose the right soil moisture monitoring option for them. Finally, IrrigationNZ launched its new Check It - Bucket Test app recently. We’ll have information on the app and can help you download it. Check It is designed to test how much and how evenly irrigation systems are applying water. Developed by IrrigationNZ in partnership with specialist agricultural technology company Regen with the support of AGMARDT, the app will help streamline the numerous different approaches being taken across industry to bucket tests. The app will be valuable, not just for farmers and staff, but farm advisers, consultants and regional council staff.

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Protecting the pollinators Plant and Food Research is currently identifying methods to protect existing insect pollinators and develop alternative pollination methods. Dr David Pattemore leads the pollination and apiculture team and their research covers a broad spectrum, including apiculture, honey bee behaviour, bumble bees, native bee and fly pollinators, and floral biology. His research interests are in optimising crop pollination, the interaction between pollinator behaviour and floral biology, the use of bumble bees for pollination and novel methods for studying insect behaviour. Pattemore will be leading a discussion about diverse pollination options at CROPS 2016. Healthy bee populations are vital for pollination; however, in recent years bee populations have been threatened by a variety of pests and diseases. Pollination research brings together several disciplines, including plant physiology, insect

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behaviour and ecology to address the pest and disease issues that threaten honey bees and to develop new pollination systems to safeguard food production. Plant and Food Research works with beekeepers to develop controls for varroa mite. They are also involved in pollination research to support arable and horticultural industries, including artificial pollination methods for some crops

and using native insects as alternative pollinators. Another option is to increase the bee population. Agcarm and Apiculture New Zealand announced the release of a campaign recently to increase awareness of the importance of keeping bees safe by using agrichemicals responsibly. The campaign highlights the need for farmers and beekeepers to work together to manage the use of


agrichemicals near hives. A flyer and poster have been produced on how to protect bees from unintended exposure to agrichemicals as well as tips on reducing risks to bees. Agcarm chief executive Mark Ross said bees were extremely good pollinators of crops, so contributed substantially to New Zealand’s multi-billion dollar agricultural economy. “Agrichemicals are also vital

for ensuring the security of our food supply, especially as we are coined ‘the farmers’ market of the world’. When these products are used responsibly they pose no threat to our bee population. “The biggest threat to the bee population in New Zealand – and in large parts of the world – has been due to the parasitic varroa mite. The mite decimated bee numbers in the five years after it was first detected here in 2000. Bee numbers have more than doubled since then - mainly due to effective agrichemical controls for managing the mite. “It’s important that we remain vigilant and address any potential risks to our bees. We need to work together to ensure the coexistence of two of New Zealand’s most important industries.” Rural retailers are backing the bee safety message. Agcarm distributor members across New Zealand will display posters and distribute flyers with practical tips about being responsible.

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The threat of herbicide resistance Herbicide resistance is an increasing threat for the New Zealand arable industry. A number of weeds are becoming harder to kill, particularly wild oats and Italian ryegrass in Canterbury. Herbicides act by interfering with specific plant processes, how they act is known as their mode of action. Herbicides are categorised from A through to Z depending of their specific mode of action group. This is based on the HRAC classification. Herbicide resistance evolves following the intensive use of herbicides for weed control. Factors that affect the evolution of resistance are frequency of use (how many applications or the number of years of herbicide use), mode of action (Group A have a higher frequency of resistance than Group N), weed biology and density (weeds that produce large numbers of short seed life seeds develop resistance faster). To reduce the risk of herbicide resistance: rotate between mode of action groups across years, calibrate equipment and apply herbicides

to recommended label rates, keep accurate herbicide application records for each paddock. Ryegrass which is resistant to Group B (ALS inhibitor, sulfonyl-urea) herbicides has been detected in the Methven area. In a FAR trial, ryegrass plants suspected of resistance were treated with five different Group B herbicides. Slight damage was apparent in the resistant ryegrass biotype seven days after herbicide treatment, but the plants quickly recovered. There was significantly more damage in the susceptible annual and perennial ryegrass lines than in the resistant ryegrass biotype 21 days after treatment. The susceptible lines suffered significantly more damage from all five of the sulfonylurea herbicides tested than the resistant line. Farmers need to check to ensure ryegrass is killed by applications of sulfonylurea herbicides and destroy any potentially resistant surviving plants.

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FEP: Keeping good farming records The acronym FEP is simply about keeping good records of what you do in your farming operation. Like most requirements of irrigation and farming today, they are here and here to stay. FEP is a product of our habit of making a pronounceable word from the first letter or first few letters of each word in a phrase or title so we can speak faster and confuse others (an acronym). Then these newly-combined letters create a new word become used in everyday language and like NASA and RSVP so FEP has become part of our everyday language in the resource management field; ie your Farm Environment Plan. In the absence of strict rules around farm inputs, resource consents and FEPs form ECan’s cornerstone of how require farming operations are to be managed and controlled, with the goal of achieving improved water quality outcomes. Some of you have been waiting for more clarity around the new environmental rules while others have been

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quietly hoping they will go away - be assured they won’t be going away! An FEP is an environmental risk-management tool to assist farmers recognise onfarm environmental risks, and set out a programme to manage those risks. Your FEP is unique to your property, reflects your local climate and soil type(s), your farming operation and systems, and your goals and aspirations. Irrigation and irrigation management is obviously a key component in the FEP – you have heard it all many times if you have a water meter and it is logged/ telemetered, and you measure soil moisture as shown; • Operate irrigation systems efficiently (); and

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next regulatory requisite that is not far away. So if you have not started the process of getting your FEP now is the time to do it and I’ll leave the resource consent requirements for another day.

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Elections a timely reminder After the local government elections, with new councillors sitting around the Environment Canterbury table, farmers who have delayed thinking about nutrient budgets need to put that topic right at the top of their “to do” lists. A prominent rural economist’s recent estimate that environmental limits on water and nutrient use could discount nationwide land values by $40 billion provides a further timely reminder. Environment Canterbury’s Land and Water Regional Plan requires local farmers to monitor the impact of their land use. Every farm needs its own Farm Environment Plan (FEP) based on the water catchment it is located in. Nitrate leaching to groundwater is generally the critical issue. Farms must comply with specific limits. This may affect stocking rates, fertiliser application and effluent spreading which, in turn, influences farm profitability and therefore land value. Before a farm changes hands, its new owner

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now needs to know what restrictions he or she will face in how the land is farmed. Environmental protection regulations have become a fact of farming life. Those who try to sell land without an FEP will find the purchaser takes considerably longer to do their own due diligence on this aspect of the farming business. My PGG Wrightson Real Estate colleagues elsewhere in the country are seeing the market discount some properties’ values when they do not have farm environment plans. Those farmers who have not already done so need to address this issue or risk running into hurdles when they decide to sell land.

While preparing your own FEP is one option, there are specialists who have prepared plenty and understand the system. Their services are generally cost-effective. Meanwhile, in the current local rural property market, the spring selling season has

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A leader in her field

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Mid Canterbury rural journalist and artisan food producer Nadine Porter is among the latest crop of primary sector emerging leaders to be awarded a Nuffield Scholarship. Six new scholars were announced by Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy last week; the prestigious scholarships are a life-changing opportunity for overseas travel and study, at the end of which they will produce a research report. Nadine bought rural news from Mid Canterbury and further afield to the pages of Guardian Farming before leaving this year for a job as national communications manager with NZ Young Farmers. Having grown up in rural communities all her life, Nadine is a committed primary industry advocate and believes the agriculture sector is at an exciting crossroads. Raised in South Otago, Nadine always had a passion for agri-business journalism and became a graduate of the Peter Arnett School of Journalism in Southland in 1998.

It was while working as a rural editor on the Southland Times during her studies that Nadine met future husband Tim Porter – an intensive irrigated cropping farmer in Mid Canterbury. The following year Nadine was awarded a prestigious Qantas Media Award as Best Junior Feature Writer and she embarked upon a long career in print, radio and television always championing the primary industry. “I’ve always wanted to write pieces that challenged and caused discussion around the dinner table.” On a hiatus, and with young children, Nadine decided to grow chillies for the Ashburton Farmer’s Market and eventually combined her dried chillies with chocolate and formed a successful artisan chocolate business, Bull Rush Chocolate. That endeavour saw Nadine take a steep learning curve in all areas of business – not least the branding path she took to take the chocolate nationally through wholesale, retail and internet paths. The business taught Nadine a lot about leveraging New

Zealand as a brand and led to her thirst for more progress on the primary industry front. Nadine went back to work as an agricultural journalist last year but was dismayed at how different the landscape was for media. “I found that journalists were no longer at the forefront of communications – now we are the vanguard. As companies increasingly look to set up elite communication departments it seemed important to shift away from the front of media to a backroom role that met my core values.” She found that in NZ Young Farmers – an organisation she had joined at 14 at her high school and one in which she credits as personally growing her strengths from an early age. She has also just completed the Kelloggs Rural Leadership Programme which saw her project on the changing social spaces of rural women picked up by national newspapers, radio and television. When not working, Nadine is a proud director of Porter Fields Ltd and a mum of three to Nina, 4, Cerys, 7, and Drew, 12.








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The dilemma of coffee cups Did you know New Zealanders use 180 million plus disposable coffee cups per year and most of these go to the landfill. The inner lining of coffee cups is polyethylene which means they cannot be recycled along with paper and cardboard so millions of them are trucked to landfills per day. The good news is Z Energy is about to launch a campaign to collect compostable coffee cups and get them recycled locally. They sell 90,000 coffees per week and this will be the first large scale collection of coffee cups in NZ. Z has installed coffee cup collection stations at more than 70 of their service stations to date. The NZ Packaging Forum is also working with its members on guidance around compostable cups and welcomes input from all parties.

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NEW ZEALAND NEWS BRIEFS Uncertain future for RPR

Political, economic and social instability in South America and North Africa is making it increasingly difficult for New Zealand farmers to get their hands on in-spec reactive phosphate rock (RPR). Major farm nutrient supplier Ballance Agri-Nutrients has been without an RPR product since autumn when a Peruvian supplier couldn’t deliver product in-spec and at volumes required to meet of the needs of New Zealand farmers. CEO Mark Wynne said since then the co-operative had been working hard to find an alternative RPR supply, eventually finding a source in Morocco.

“We had very limited options that would meet both nutrient specifications and continuity of supply. Our understanding is that other major suppliers are having similar difficulties.” Fertmark has specifications on phosphate, citric solubility and cadmium that products imported into New Zealand must meet in order to be marketed and sold as RPR. Wynne said tests prior to product leaving Morocco returned favourable results, however testing on arrival in New Zealand during unloading showed the product did not consistently meet citric solubility specifications. Results were verified in further independent testing.

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Farmers with swimming pools should be aware the Ashburton District Council will begin enforcing new swimming pool legislation in January, following the passing of the Government’s new Building (Pools) Amendment Bill 2015. Under the Bill, council will be required to inspect and certify all outdoor pools in the district every three years, and will be able to issue Notices to Fix to any owners with non-compliant pools. Council Building Services Manager Michael Wong says the Bill introduces a number of changes to pool structure compliance which aim to clarify the requirements of installing and operating a swimming pool. “Under the new legislation, pool

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Grey days – but some sun What a different spring – I don’t think I have ever witnessed such a dull cool spring, even now the weather just doesn’t seem to want to change. Having said that there seems to be more grass about than ever before as well. Whether this comes from less cows on farm or the climate I’m not sure, but speaking to all the contractors in Mid Canterbury they seem to be completely run off their feet. Silage is being made everywhere and of course although good for most farmers, for those that rely on the selling of grass to make a living, things don’t look so good with sales at 14c/kg/ DM this season as against recent years in excess of 25c/ kg/DM. This is a huge difference and of course leads to a likely reduction in the amount of grain needs to be bought in the later part of the season and if this is the case grain prices for feed grains at least shall remain weak. The only really bright spot in the market is someone

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else’s misery in that the North Island, especially central and the top of the north, is that wet that dairy production looks to be back 4-5% which will help keep milk values up rather than down. It never fails to amaze me how everyone seems a lot happier since the dairy industry is now looking at

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Loss of native trees disappointing More reports on the loss of indigenous vegetation on the Canterbury Plains should give us pause for thought. Ecologist Mike Harding, of Geraldine, surveyed the native plants found along and near roadsides of the Upper Canterbury Plains (from the bottom of the foothills to about 300m above sea level). He found native plants in 134 sites; 113 of these had been identified in 1990, and 21 were new sites. What was found should raise alarm bells: vegetation had been lost or had deteriorated at just over half the sites previously identified. This loss is serious in a district that has very little original vegetation left. Of the native plants found, 25 different plant species were recorded, including one with the threat classification of ‘at risk’. Many of the sites consisted of a single plant, such as a lone matagouri, large snow tussock or coprosma. Cabbage trees were hard to assess as it difficult to tell whether they have been planted in

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recent times or are original vegetation. Some of the sites were considered significant. Criteria used to assess this included species diversity and the intactness of the site. These sites will be identified by a marker pole so that hopefully people doing road works and farm activities will recognise their significance and not disturb them. Sites on private land away from the roadsides were not surveyed but there are some that are a high priority for survey. Intensification of landuse, including irrigation, clearing of roadsides and shelterbelts and the increased use of fertilisers and chemicals, can lead to


sudden or incremental loss of precious native vegetation. Grazing of roadsides by dairy cattle is particularly hard on vegetation, and native shrubs that have persisted along fencelines for decades under low-intensity sheep grazing cannot cope with a change to irrigated intensive agriculture. Another recently recorded loss is from the Hinds

area where two big, wellestablished native trees have recently been destroyed by cattle. These trees may not be original vegetation but were important nonetheless in an area where there is no significant native vegetation and very few trees of any type. They offered shade to stock and were a distinctive feature for travellers along

State Highway 1. The trees may have been planted as part of the Railways roadside planting many decades ago. The general lack of awareness that native plants on the plains are significant and precious is a factor in loss of native species. It seems that many farmers are not aware that having matagouri growing along a fenceline on the Canterbury Plains is a rare and special thing. Landholders are encouraged to seek advice about trees growing on their land. The Ashburton District Council has a Biodiversity Fund that may be able to contribute to the cost of fencing to protect trees and native shrubs from stock. Should you have questions about plants that you think may be special or native, please contact Bert Hofmans, who works in the Ashburton District Council’s Open Spaces Team and is the council’s representative on the Ashburton District Biodiversity Working Group, on 03-3077700.

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Introducing The decision to amalgamate the Polaris franchise with our Marine division was an easy and exciting one to make. By bringing these two divisions of our business together we saw an opportunity to create a new retail environment for this specialised “outdoor equipment”. This new division of our business will be known and branded as D&E Outdoors and is located at 153 Moore Street.

combination of strength, stability, safety, comfort, performance and unbeatable usability, Stabicraft prove their worth no matter what’s thrown at them. Our long and successful association with Polaris sees us in a position to show case NZ’s largest range of side by side’s and NZ’s#1 side by side seller, in a retail environment that will be setting the bench mark for NZ Polaris dealers nationwide. D&E have experienced 4 years of rapid growth with Polaris and the continued commitment from Polaris shows with the introduction of new products every 12months. Polaris is the world leader in ATVs and Side x Sides with more choices for more applications with a 30 model line-up. Work or play, there is a Polaris for everyone with features and options a mile long. From the ever popular Youth range starting from 50cc through to the lifestyle, commercial and recreational vehicles up to 1000cc. D&E prides itself on providing quality product along with quality backup of service and parts well after the first initial sale. For D&E Outdoors this will be no different, we have specialised marine technicians that are qualified, with great workshop facilities to carry out any marine job no matter how big or small. It won’t be until early 2017 that we will have the opportunity to have the Polaris service department being able to work out of the Moore St workshop, this also includes the large range of Polaris parts that we have in stock.

Currently we are sharing our retail space with the Gluyas Motor Group until the new home for Nissan is developed and ready for them to move into in early 2017. This will then give us the opportunity to expand our retail space to create one of the largest “outdoor equipment” shops in the South Island.

So call in and see the team at D&E Outdoors, 153 Moore Street for all of your marine requirements and for your Polaris sales enquiries. For Polaris parts and service enquires please continue to call in and see the team at D&E, 832 East Street.

Look forward to seeing you soon!

Having such a great retail space available to us also gives us the chance to expand on our product range to help support our growing Marine business. The introduction of a new range of Lowrance GPS and Fish finder products will soon be available in store. Lowrance is one of the most innovative companies in NZ for electronic boating equipment and we are very pleased to have them on board. We have a fantastic range of Hutchwilco products, ski biscuits, water skis, wakeboards, ski ropes, life jackets + much more and if we don’t have it in stock we will happily get it in for you. D&E Outdoors has a large selection of Yamaha outboard engines, the Yamaha outboard range comprises of over 100 engines which range from 2.5hp right through to 350ph. D&E Outdoors also has the largest range of New and Pre Used boats in Mid Canterbury. We have the franchise for Stabicraft boats which are NZ owned and manufactured in Invercargill so we have fantastic backup and aftersales support from them. Stabicraft are considered one of the world’s best designed aluminium chambered boats for business and leisure. The first to pioneer positive buoyancy life-ring protection, Stabicraft boats are a triumph of kiwi ingenuity over the elements. A breakthrough

Marine Contacts

Polaris Contacts Sales 153 Moore Street Parts 832 East Street Service 832 East Street

027 535 3538 307 9911 307 9911

Sales 153 Moore Street Parts 153 Moore Street Service 153 Moore Street

027 535 3538 307 9911 307 9911


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Around the traps Old machinery mixed with new at the Ashburton A & P Show recently. While vintage tractors were part of the grand parade, their modern-day cousins were being displayed at trade sites around the showgrounds. Firefighters are reminding farmers and contractors to check tractors and other farm machinery for bird’s nests daily prior to their use. Starlings in particular like warm, dry enclosed areas to nest in and can build a nest in minutes. Checking for bird’s nests should be part of the machine’s normal daily maintenance. It is good practice to check for nests each time before a tractor or machine is started. The effect of a fire starting from a bird’s nest can be costly and disruptive. It is also useful to check and clear vegetation and debris build up in machinery and when being used it is good practice to carry a suitable fire extinguisher and have a cell phone on hand for any emergency communication.


Right - John Stewart on his restored MAN diesel tractor, one of the earlier small 4-wheel drive tractors which carried the designation acker diesel or arable diesel. 291016-AK-076

Left - Contractor Donald Love’s trade site.

Above - Gordon Carter was among those behind the wheel.




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Low cost grain cooling and aeration Grain Air Tubes are perforated cylindrical tubes made from 18 gauge galvanized steel which hang from the roof of a silo and act like a chimney for the warm moist air which, if left inside the silo, will spoil the grain. The concept came from a grain farmer in Canada. “The results speak for themselves” says Doug Gough of Gough Agritech Ltd, located near Darfield in Central Canterbury, who has been retailing them for three years now with excellent positive feedback from customers. “We hear of so many issues with incorrectly stored grain, it is a subject many farmers are embarrassed to speak about and so don’t ask for help.” Well-proven in harsher climates than ours here in New Zealand, Grain Air Tubes have saved many a silo full of grain from spoiling. Natural convection currents take the cold air on the sides of the silo and

move it towards the centre of the silo where warmer moist air is picked up and carried to the top by the Grain Air Tube. The air must be able to escape out the top. Whirlygig vents which create a vacuum are available from Gough Agritech Ltd. Probably the biggest advantage Grain Air Tubes have over other forms of aeration is that they don’t require electricity. This makes them low-cost to run, suitable for any silo both hopper bottom and flat bottom, and ideal for silos which are located too far from a power source, which could mean silos which have not been used for some time could be usable once more. Many farmers install the Grain Air Tubes themselves. The tubes come in 8’ long telescoping sections to accommodate different sized silos and come with a cap to prevent grain entering the tube when filling the silo, and a base which is determined by type of silo, either flat or hopper bottom.

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ADVERTISING FEATURE Fendt 700 Vario 145 – 240 hp

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Functional Fendt does the job Quality and reliability are two important considerations when in the market for a new tractor, and this combined with excellent service provided by JJs were the reasons Jacob Holdaway recently bought a Fendt 724. “The functions of the tractor are phenomenal which enhance the efficiency of my operation says Jacob. “An example of this is the headland management function which optimises precision work. I’m also super impressed with fuel efficiency and ease of use”. Jacob Holdaway Contracting Ltd employs staff from around the world, all with different backgrounds and experience with various tractor models. “Everyone loves operating the Fendts as they’re very userfriendly-everything has been well thought out” Jacob also finds the Fendt “plug and play” system very compatible with implements such as the precision planters. Efficiency of work is also due to the Trimble RTK GPS which is integrated through the Fendt system. Jacob runs other models of Fendt tractors-818, 926 and an 824 which all play a big part in the business which is now heading into its seventh year of operation.

Raised on his parents cropping farm in Westerfield, Jacob discovered early that he loved to work with machinery as well as growing crops, so he understands the importance of timing and good seed bed preparation.

Before starting his contracting business he worked in Mid Canterbury and England for a couple of seasons for baling contractors. Covering Mid Canterbury from the foothills to the sea, Jacob Holdaway Contracting has established a reputation for reliable and quality work, which includes silage and straw baling, fodder beet drilling and harvesting, all cultivation work, and trading in supplementary feeds. A new service offered this season is chopped silage.

Fendt 700 Vario A farmer that’s serious about their work requires a tractor that’s precise and dedicated. Like the Fendt 700 Vario, the high-horsepower tractor with VisioPlus cab and CVT technology. Ideal for both light and heavy work, there’s no room for compromise. Because you deserve a machine that’s as serious about agriculture as you are.

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The new Fendt 724 on the fodder beet planter.

JJ LTD Ashburton 9a McGregor Lane ASHBURTON Phone: 03 307 6031 Cultivating with the Fendt 926.

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$20,000 + GST

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Case IH Puma 165 $56,000 + GST Contact your local CLAAS Harvest Centre to find out more, including available demo opportunities Ex Demo - x1 Unit, Run Out Special! ONLY - $29,500 +GST The 1320 is a truly versatile high speed wrapper ideal for tractor 3 point linkage mounting. This well balanced unit can also be easily fitted to a front loader or telehandler for ultimate efficiency - “Wrap & Stack”.

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started, building quality farm buildings for the Kiwi

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