2013 National Agricultural Fieldays 12 - 15 June

The University of Waikato will once again play a key role when the National Agricultural Fieldays opens at Mystery Creek on 12 June.

We have been major supporters of Fieldays since our first Vice-Chancellor, Sir Don Llewellyn, helped establish the agricultural showpiece in the 1960s. Our stand this year will showcase the best agricultural research and innovation on offer at Waikato, and it's easy to find inside the main pavilion at PF10-12. Read on for a taste of what to expect.



Global careers - spoilt for choice

Professor of Agribusiness Jacqueline Rowarth says there's huge scope for people looking for rewarding international careers in agriculture and agribusiness - and she's urging school leavers to not just think 'down on the farm.'

Professor Rowarth will be speaking about global careers at the Fieldays Forum on Friday 14 June at Mystery Creek and says Fieldays is the perfect place to "look around" for careers. "Fieldays is where we see innovative agriculture and agribusiness at its best. Consider what the people manning the stands are doing and what it took in terms of education to get there," she says. Read more


Antarctica for all to see 

A love of photography and Antarctica means Waikato doctoral student Stephen Archer is in snow-heaven when he goes down to the ice each summer.

On the Waikato University stand Stephen will be showing some of the time lapse footage he's taken on the ice as well as a panoramic tour through various locations in Antarctica.

The Antarctic scientists had already done a year-long time lapse, placing a camera in a protective rig high up a mountain, but Stephen chose to have three cameras on hand allowing for multiple, shorter time lapses at different locations, and the end result is fascinating. Read more



Fulbright Scholar tackles nitrogen run-off 

David Zweig, 22, from Fayetteville, Arkansas could have chosen any country in the world to study in.

New Zealand ended up getting the nod from the 2013 Fulbright Scholar not because of our landscape, environment or even our relationship with Hobbits. "I don't speak a second language so that cut my choices down," he says.

David is spending 2013 at the University of Waikato looking at biological methods to decrease the amount of nitrogen entering waterways from farm run-off - a big issue for NZ and the US. Read more



New discoveries on the ice

Antarctic masters student Kristi Bennett found a white springtail down on the ice this summer; a species that hadn't been seen since the 1960s when it was first discovered. 

Now she's trying to find out where all the springtail populations are. At just one millimetre long, these little hoppers are fragile creatures and because of that, its likely they will react quickly to climate change, giving a good indication if climate change is in fact occuring in the region. Read more


Swamp kauri gives up its climate secrets

Swamp kauri from Northland is helping Waikato scientists compile a reliable timeline of changes in climate going back millenia.

Because kauri can live for 2,000 years, they are unique in providing accurate evidence over long periods. The trees have been growing in Northland for more than 60,000 years and provide one of the world's foremost archives of swamp wood. "We can get a picture of what the climate was like 30-40,000 years ago when the world was quite different from today," says Associate Professor Alan Hogg. Read more


Flipped soil tipped to help drought prone areas

Flipping soil in drought-prone areas has been shown to have positive effects on pasture growth, says University of Waikato masters student Nadia Laubscher.

Nadia has been awarded a Fieldays scholarship to help her study soil flipping in the Galatea basin and the effect this has on the soil makeup and moisture retention of the soil.

Soil flipping involves mechanically digging into the top 1-2m of soil and and tipping it end over end, mixing the different layers of soil. "The soil in the Galatea basin is really drought-prone in summer. Farmers there rely on irrigation, bringing in feed, or reducing stocking rates - all things not ideal for farmers," Nadia says. Read more



Mapping a future for the region

Waikato geographers are pioneering the use of image analysis software to identify indigenous vegetation and wetlands throughout the region.

Dr Lars Brabyn, a senior lecturer in geography at the University of Waikato, is working with the Waikato Regional Council on a project to map the native bush and swamps throughout the region. 

"The regional council is working with farmers and they need good information," says Dr Brabyn. "It's about producing quality information so good decisions can be made." Read more



If you really want to go places, B Semester starts July

As alumni of the University of Waikato, if you've thought about enhancing your career prospects by undertaking further study - now is the perfect time. We have a number of options available, starting July, to complement your career or get you started on a new one.

There are a range of postgraduate qualifications on offer for B Semester; including evening and online papers providing you the chance to upskill in your own time.

If you're looking to fast-track your career, enrol now in one of our new 180 point Masters programmes. The University of Waikato offers a range of Masters programmes that can be completed full-time in a year (in some cases), or part-time to fit in with your career. 

Click here to find out more on our B Semester offerings.



From the Vice-Chancellor

Professor Roy Crawford

The University of Waikato has been a strategic partner of the National Agricultural Fieldays for seven years and once again we welcome this important opportunity to showcase the innovative work we are doing in the agricultural sector to the community, the region and the nation.

No other tertiary organisation is as in-tune with the agricultural community and working as hard to provide solutions to the serious issues facing farming over the years. Our world-class researchers are among the best in their fields and we lead the way in important agricultural ideas such as agribusiness, land ownership, environmental impacts, climate change and soil remediation.

Our staff are recognised internationally for their worl and our students provide strong links to the wider agricultural sector in the Waikato.

I hope you enjoy learning how our researchers and students are adding value to land-based industries; we look forward to seeing you at our Fieldays stand.


Buy Fieldays tickets

View the interactive programme and map. Our stand is located inside the main Pavilion at PF10-12.

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Inaugural Professorial Lecture Series; introducing our newest Professors to the community. Professor Ilanko Ilanko, Faculty of Science and Engineering, discusses the 'mistaken negative mass' at his inaugural lecture on 25 June.

Wellington Young Alumni event Join us for Waikato's first-ever young alumni event, 27 June at Southern Cross Garden Bar & Restaurant in Wellington.

WMS Excellence in Practice Series A free series featuring industry leaders from here and overseas.  28 June: Lain Jager, CEO of Zespri International discusses differentiating kiwifruit in the global market. 

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