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2. North & Central Waikato & King Country

Passion for Maize "Hobby" Pays Dividends

Kevin & Lynette Wing, Tauhei, Waikato, 2020/21 season

The satisfaction of sowing, growing and harvesting his own maize crop has kept Matamata-Piako cropping farmer Kevin Wing occupied in his spare time for the past 14 years – and the evolution from hobby to successful income stream has given him “a real buzz”.

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Diversity, adaptability and a “secret weapon” key to successful grain operation

Mark Fausett and Angela Thomasen, Morrinsville, 2017/18 season

He cites adaptability, diversification, loyal staff, self reliance, nutrient preservation and, as most successful businessmen have, a secret weapon that gives him a competitive edge. In Mark’s case it’s his partner Angela Thomasen along with long time friend Garry Fotheringham who have helped him expand from 40 ha of maize to a 450 ha operation in just 12 years.

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Murray and Margaret Hart

Murray and Margaret Hart, Waikato, 2015/16 season

Waikato couple Murray and Margaret Hart have been involved with Pioneer® brand maize seed right from the early days when Yates was producing seed maize in the Waikato.

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Maize the basis for a growing business

Alan Brown, Richmond Downs, Waikato, 2014/15 season

Ten years ago Alan Brown purchased a small block of land and planted his first maize crop. Today he is growing 117 ha for grain and silage on a mix of owned and leased land and is also running an agricultural contracting business.

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Maize - a valuable rotation crop

AS Wilcox and Sons, Matamata, Waikato, 2012/13 season

Maize forms an important part of the cropping rotation for AS Wilcox and Sons who specialise in growing, packing and distributing potatoes, onions and carrots for domestic and export markets.

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Maize is helping Waikato farmers Scott and Nikola Mitchell

Scott and Nikola Mitchell, Koromatua, Waikato, 2012/13 season

Maize is helping Waikato farmers Scott and Nikola Mitchell improve the quality of pastures on their lease block as well as providing valuable autumn feed for their herd.

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Maize is a great way to diversify

Kirk Simpson and Mary-Anne Murphy, Waikato, 2009/10 season

Maize has enabled Waikato grain growers Kirk Simpson and Mary-Anne Murphy to decrease workload and increase their farm's financial performance.

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Maize provides diversification options

Lloyd Farms and Waikiki Farms, Waikato, 2008/09 season

Maize provides Te Kauwhata-based Lloyd and Waikiki Farms the opportunity to diversify their income without adding additional workload during busy times. It has also played an important development role allowing the conversion of land from willows and stumps into productive pasture.

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Growing maize improves drystock farming returns

David Jefferis, North Waikato, 2006/07 season

In 2001 Waerenga farmer David Jefferis returned to his family's fourth generation property in the Northern Waikato. David's father Bob had been successfully running a bull beef operation since the early 1980s, capitalising on the good returns back then, despite the vagaries of the US dollar and its effect on New Zealand beef prices.

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Maize offers a better life off the land

Julia and Mark Fausett, Morrinsville, 2004/05 season

A life beyond the milking shed is something dreamt about by many sharemilkers, but as land costs climb and cow prices remain flat the prospect of being free of the cow shed remains elusive for many.

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First year grain growers change lifestyle and scoop awards

Terry and Chris O'Brien, Morrinsville, 2003/04 season

For Morrinsville farmers Terry and Chris O'Brien the first year growing maize for grain has proved to be a golden one. After growing maize for silage for the last 18 years, Terry and Chris decided to grow 40 hectares of maize for grain on their 70 hectare property and scooped all the prizes at this year's Pioneer® Maize for Grain Yield Competition. Terry and Chris O'Brien were awarded the Waikato and National Yield Cups at one of Pioneer's mid-winter Industry Get-Togethers held at the Waikato Stadium.

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