Irrigation has always been vital to agriculture, but access to water, and ways to maximise its effectiveness, have changed over the years. Landcare Research soil scientist Dr Carolyn Hedley charts an irrigation evolution.

Over many decades a number of great New Zealanders have helped put the country’s primary industries on the global map. Today, the challenges are more complex and the competition greater, but the best leaders continue to be more than up to the job. As judged by Jacqueline Rowarth, Hamish Gow, and Vincent Heeringa, here are Primary’s Top 10 agri-business leaders

Irrigation is getting more high-tech and water efficient as time goes on – which is just as well, as access to the essential fluid gets more and more restricted and expensive. OWEN POLAND looks at the latest in on-farm water management.

We have experienced, innovative and inspiring stewards of the country’s natural resources, but who will be the next generation of people to lead New Zealand’s primary sector to dizzying commercial heights? Well, we haven’t got a crystal ball, but our judges are pretty sure we’ll all be hearing a lot more about the following 10 folk in years to come.