New Zealand–Land of Innovators

Today, I am going to share some photos from our travels.  We’ve been meeting with innovative farmers and agribusiness leaders in New Zealand’s south island this week.  In addition to dairy and grains farming, we’ve talked with precision agriculture specialists, research managers, and growers of onions, carrots, currants and other vegetable crops.  Did you know that 50% of the world’s carrot seed is grown in this part of NZ?  We are getting a complete view of the industry including seed production and further processing, even meeting with the manager of a carrot juice plant.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Carie on February 22, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Great pictures dad. We think you should have more pictures of you. Clayton

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  2. Posted by Adam on February 22, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Really enjoying your blogs, Cros. Looks like you’re having fun! I can appreciate Clayton’s comments – I’m sure your family would like to see more photos of dad and less of the carrot juice evaporators.

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  3. Posted by Blake on February 22, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    What is the temperature there? How long is their growing season compared to ours?
    Love the pictures. Dad

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    • Posted by Crosby Devitt on February 23, 2012 at 12:25 am

      We’ve had great weather – today is 25C. The wheat is ready to harvest but they’ve had a fair bit of rain. It seems similar to the end of July at home. However, they have a much milder and longer season. After harvesting wheat, they burn the straw and grow a winter crop of oats.

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