Agriculture and Horticulture in New Zealand


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Preface Peter Kemp Soils Alan Palmer and Dave Horne Introduction Climate Organisms Relief Parent material Time Describing the soil profile Summary 10 2. Pasture and Forages Lydia Cranston Introduction Pasture production Pasture establishment Matching pasture production and animal feed demand Alternative pasture species Environmental effects of pastoral farming Alternative land use Pasture pests Glossary Conclusion 3. The New Zealand Arable Industry James Millner Introduction Principles of crop production Composition of cereals Management on arable farms Crop rotation 4. Vegetable Production Nick Roskruge and Kevin Stafford Urban horticulture The Pipfruit Industry in New Zealand New Zealand-bred apples Pears The current state of the apple and pear industry Comparative and competative advantages of New Zealand pipfruit Management practices Sustainability Market requirements Future challenges and opportunities Export constraints and challenges 8. The Kiwifruit Industry Svetla Sofkova-Bobcheva Introduction Significance of the New Zealand kiwifruit industry The current state of the kiwifruit industry in New Zealand Glossary The origin and development of the kiwifruit industry On-orchard practices Future challenges and opportunities 9. If not food then what? Marion MacKay Introduction Conservation Urban horticulture Parks and gardens Cut-flower production Plant production and the nursery industry The future Useful sources for further information 10. Weeds Kerry Harrington Introduction Problems caused by weeds Characteristics of weeds Weed control Problems and future issues Further reading 11. The Forestry Industry James Millner Introduction Plantation forests Plantation management in New Zealand Environmental issues Biosecurity issues Plantation manuka Research The future Sources of information 12. Precision Agriculture Pullanagari Rajasheker Reddy Introduction Global navigation satellite system (GNSS) for precision agriculture Geographic information system (GIS) Yield monitors Soil variability and fertility management Tools in precision agriculture Precision variable-rate equipment Precision irrigation Robots Precision livestock farming Future farms Acknowledgements About the contributors

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Professor Kevin Stafford is a veterinarian with an interest in animal behaviour and welfare. He is the author of several books, including Livestock Production in New Zealand. He is a fellow of the both the Royal College of Veterinary

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