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Seed Market Update
A difficult year climatically for the 2001/02 season has seen a considerable
drop in quantity and quality of seed produced in New Zealand to reach the marketplace
this year. This will have an obvious follow-on affect into our next planting
season - for both spring and autumn of 2003.
It will be a season to plan early and secure your seed requirements with us
soon so that you can reap the benefits from your pastoral and cropping programmes.
Perennial ryegrasses - generally limited availability with the following
lines unavailable until the following harvest; including matrix; Horizon; Tolsa,
Embassy, Aries Quartet.
Short rotation ryegrasses - being very limited, but we have some limited
stocks of Geyser, Galaxy, Flanker Tabu and Marbella. Definitely first-in first-served
Itialian Ryegrasses - virtually sold-out until harvest, but again, we
have limited stocks of Moata, Archie, Tama and uncertified Italian.
Generally stocks are OK, although some well known preferred cultivars will
be limited or not available, e.g., Barabas Turnips.
We have secured the last of the Barabas Turnip stocks which has now
been withdrawn off the market due to crop production failure, therefore be quick
if you prefer this variety.
The alternative Turnip options which are becoming well proven are Macro
soft white turnips and Dynamo stubble turnip.
Good stocks of Kale options with the preferred cultivars such as Colear,
Kapeti, Sovereign and Keeper in high demand.
Rapes such as Leafmore, Winfred, Delta, and Hunter (a replacement for
Pasja, being in high demand also.
Don't forget we have a range of Brassica seed treatments available including
Topcrop - fungicide and insect treatment containing micro-nutrients for initial
control of damping off disease and springtail. Topcrop plus Guacho - for damping
off diseases and insect control. Guacho - insecticide treatment only.
A huge pressure on clover seed available and this will impact on us for the
next autumn season also with stocks reliant on 2003 harvest success in March/April.
Therefore, talk to us about your requirements, as alternatives may have to be
Some companies such as Cropmark have imported clover seed, such as Rarouk White
Clover to provide you with suitable alternative options.
Pasture Grasses, Herbs and Lucernes
Cocksfoots, plantains, Timothy, Fescue, Prarie grass and grazing Broomes;
we have all the preferred cultivars in stock at present.
Lucernes, plantians and chicory - we have good supply of options to select from.
Cereal Seed Grain
Again yield and quality has been affected ex harvest, high demand for preferred
cultivars, so please order early. We will also have contracts for feed grain
such as maize, wheat and barley available soon.
We are expecting strong prices and due to devastating droughts in both Australia
and Canada, cereal silage cultivars are also showing high demand this season.
- particularly barley cultivars such as Cask and Omaka, wheat cultivar Saphire,
and Triticale cultivars such as Doubletake. There will be a new release Triticale
from Peter Cates Ltd called Bullion.
We have a wealth of experience to assist with all aspects of your cropping
needs both technically and practically, so contact
us to discuss your individual requirements.