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We have worked from a draft cropping plan, based on vegetable crops where ever possible. Obviously this is open to change, as it is on any farm.
Our main crops have been vining peas, green beans and sweetcorn for processing at the Hastings McCain Foods factory. Typically peas get planted in September, with sweetcorn and green beans following as second crops through to autumn.
In 2014 and 2015 we have grown onions for fresh export with support from the Steenkamers. The 2015-16 crop is the base of a new OnionsNZ Sustainable Farming Fund project.
To date all our winter cover crops have been reincorporated to provide more organic matter. The first winter included broadbeans, subsequent years included ryegrass, oats with vetch and Caliente mustard.
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