Cropping, irrigation and shelter

Gray, Harley
May 2006
New Zealand Tree Grower;May2006, Vol. 27 Issue 2, p7
The article features Rhodes Hill, a spray irrigated intensive cropping property in Canterbury, New Zealand owned and farmed by Peter and Nicki Webster. The Websters specialize in producing ryegrass seed and vegetable seed along with wheat, barley, clover, peas, and sweet corn. They devised a new farm layout for the purpose of having shelter plantings every 200 to 300 meters. However, the disadvantage of the shelter systems at Rhodes Hill includes the effect of birds on crops and seed. Although the Websters have a strong business sense, their tree choice was also driven by aesthetic considerations.


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