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Autumn 2021-22 Cereal Performance Trials

April 27th, 2022

26 April 2022

Autumn 2021-22 Cereal Performance trials report available

The latest cereal performance trial results have been published.

The annual independent trials have been running since the 1990s and brings valuable research to growers to assist their farm productivity and profitability.

New and improved varieties offer growers higher yield potential, disease and pest resistance and profitability.

For a breeding company to bring a new cultivar to the marketplace costs can exceed a million dollars and an investment of 8 to 10 years of R&D.

Crops involved in the trials include wheat (milling and feed) and barley (feed and malting). The field trials were hosted at a dozen sites across NZ, primarily in the Canterbury, South Canterbury and Southland regions and involved over 30 different cultivars.

The crops were sown in late April 2021 and harvested through to February 2022.

CPT report Autumn 2022

End Point Royalties – April 2022

April 4th, 2022

End Point Royalties as at April 2022

End Point Royalties – April 2022

March/April 2022 Newsletter

March 25th, 2022

NZGSTA March – April 2022 Newsletter


News Release – 1 February 2022

February 24th, 2022

Seeds of traceability in digital move.

Seed Certification to go digital, for the full article click on the link below.



News Release – 22 February 2022

February 17th, 2022

NZ Seed Exports Holding Up                                             

Despite ongoing COVID pandemic complications and shipping challenges, New Zealand’s seed exports are holding up well.

Over 55,000 tonnes or the equivalent of around 2750 shipping containers of high quality specialty seed was sent to over 70 international markets, worth more than $236m (FoB) in calendar year 2021, according to latest StatsNZ’s Overseas Trade Statistics.

Export revenue for the year ended December 2021 was 5% lower than a year earlier.

Around half of NZ seed exports by value go to the Netherlands (22%), Australia (11%), Germany (10%), and USA (8%).

Pasture seed including ryegrass, fescue and clover exports were worth around $133m.

Vegetable seed exports including radish, carrot, and beet were valued at $96m.

Grain seed exports were worth $6.5m.

Most of NZs seed is grown and harvested in the Canterbury region, centered in or around Ashburton.

The region has near perfect climatic conditions, abundant seed production expertise, world-class seed quality management systems and the necessary supporting processing infrastructure.

NZ Grain and Seed Trade Association general manager Thomas Chin said that with a combination of extreme climatic drought and flooding events causing significant disruptions to a range of Northern Hemisphere seed production regions in 2020, some additional trade opportunities has been created for our exporters.

Our exporters have been able to keep and win new international customers because of a highly capable group of growers who are focused on supplying top quality product, which in turn delivers significant premiums, he added.

Fast Facts

  • Seed exports were valued at $236m in 2021
  • Largest export categories are: pasture seed $133m, vegetable seed $96m, cereal seed $6.5m
  • Top export destinations by value: Netherlands, Australia, Germany, USA.

For further information, please contact:

Thomas Chin, General Manager, NZGSTA

Ph (03) 349 8430 or 021 679 989


NZGSTA January/February 2022 Newsletter

January 27th, 2022

Welcome to 2022 and the January/February newsletter.


2022 Scholarship Recipient – Sophie Ridd

January 26th, 2022

Congratulations to Sophie Ridd of Feilding on being the successful recipient of the 2022 NZGSTA Scholarship.

From Sophie

Growing up on a mixed cropping sheep and beef family farm that so heavily resembles the relationship between the sectors within the industry has shown me the importance of New Zealand’s seed and the impact our cultivars have on areas such as sheep and beef.

I’ve just about completed my second year of a Bachelor of Agricultural Science Degree at Massey University where my passion for the agricultural industry has continued to be ignited by the learning environment and networks surrounding me.

I hope to pursue postgraduate study upon completion of my degree, and I’m excited by the opportunities this will present me with.

I am incredibly grateful to the New Zealand Grain Seed and Trade Association for awarding me this scholarship for 2022, and I am excited for the networking and career development prospects that come with receiving the scholarship.

I look forward to further progressing my career within the industry, with the addition of NZGSTA’s support.

Unite Against Covid 19

December 17th, 2021

In line with the New Zealand Government Regulations the Seed Industry Office requires all visitors to the office to sign in using the Covid Tracer App or manual sign in, be vaccinated and provide a valid NZ Covid vaccine pass.






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