Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Today we worked with the committee on the many things facing maize growers in New Zealand. One of those is weeds.

We went to the lab where FAR has invested money to help study weeds in maize and how to control them. It is confusing because almost every weed and chemical has a different name than the states, just like the automobiles here.

The directors truck looks like a Ford Ranger but has a 4 cylinder turbocharged diesel. LuAnn asked why don't we have that in the states?

Good question. Basically we had a few but they got squashed a long time ago in our country.

The weed lab was interesting and so was their research. Switching metrics to English is tedious in chemical rates and all math conversions like 2.47 acres per hectare, kilograms to pounds and so forth.

Friday we start traveling the north island for mini field days on member farms where the community is invited to attend.

It will be interesting. More in the morning...

It is early in NZ and I was thinking how the people here don't watch TV or use the Internet as much as we do in the states.

Everything is so expensive, they are so isolated on these islands that would fit inside Texas with a population of 4 million. This connection is 18MPS and costs $15 NZ or about $10 US.

Did I tell you the people are happy and live to be 90 years old typically?


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