Grain & Seed Newsletter 2021

Agrono-News July 2021

Welcome to our newsletter, Agrono-News, from Carrfields Grain and Seed.


The 2021 harvest now seems a distant memory, with all of the autumn crops well and truly established, and we continue to get enquiries for winter cereal options.

The recent floods showed us how vulnerable we are when mother nature decides to test us. I hope those severely impacted have had the opportunity to recover somewhat from this extreme weather event.

The tail end of the season has undoubtedly been testing with delays in receiving interim germ test results, which we require to export your small seed to our customers off-shore. In addition, we continue to see ongoing challenges in the shipping space with 6 – 8 week wait-listing, longer processing times of containers, port closures, additional charges and container shortages, to name a few. Due to these time delays, some seed stores had to restrict operations as processing times were longer. We are so grateful for our fantastic shipping team, who have had such a positive approach in these challenging times.

We look ahead to spring, with various small seed crop options available to you. Please click on the link to production below for these options.

We are also excited to introduce one of our latest favourites, Cochise, a new kind of milling/feed wheat. In its first year in CPT2, Cochise was the highest-yielding variety by 5% across all sites.

Please click on the link below to the cereal seed update for more insights on what’s available.

Speaking of grain, the market is presently very buoyant and leaning towards a ‘sellers’ market. We have multiple grain outlets and an extensive understanding of the market, thanks to our experienced Grain Manager, Mark Derriman.

The market is changing weekly, so take a read of Mark’s market overview by clicking on the link to the grain section below.

Finally, our service offering looks to grow in the pastoral agronomy space. We foresee the need to work closely with our farmers as nitrogen limits, winter grazing changes, and compliance restrictions are issues that we need to tackle together and adapt to change.

Click on the link below to learn more about our pastoral team spread out in Canterbury and Central Otago.

I hope you all get a chance to recharge over a mild winter.


Ryan McLaren

General Manager – Grain & Seed

Please feel free to contact me at any time.
Ryan McLaren
Ryan McLaren
General Manager - Grain & Seed
027 275 9978

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