Story: Arable farming

Wheat harvest, Canterbury

Wheat harvest, Canterbury

A field of wheat is harvested on the Canterbury Plains. Traditionally, Canterbury, Otago and Southland have been the main cropping regions in New Zealand. Arable crops are grown as part of a rotation that includes cereal cash crops (wheat, barley and oats), followed by crops and pasture to feed livestock. Wheat is mostly grown for human consumption.

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Sue Zydenbos, 'Arable farming - Nineteenth-century arable farming', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/17561/wheat-harvest-canterbury (accessed 17 July 2019)

Story by Sue Zydenbos, published 24 Nov 2008