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Within a 50 km radius of the Pukekohe base is a wide range of protected and outdoor vegetable crops. Onions, potatoes, tomatoes, cucurbits, brassicas, lettuce and carrots are available for test crops and for reference to current industry best growing practices. Brush weeds, forestry, maize, ornamentals, pasture, strawberries, turf and non-crop areas are also locally available for evaluation.

Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty is recognised for kiwifruit, avocados and a range of subtropical fruit crops. The base in Hastings covers off work in Pipfruit, grapes, stone fruit and a variety of process vegetable crops.

Most trial sites are established on co-operating growers’ properties. Areas are selected to source specific targeted pests and diseases in those sites, or areas where crop types are traditionally grown and have reliable grower support for crop security and management. Purpose planted crops can be tested at both Pukekohe and Hastings where cropping land is managed, along with a designated Research Orchard.

Costs for projects are calculated on a case-by-case basis and are dependent on numbers of applications, assessments, reporting requirement and travel distance. Quotations are provided free of charge.

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