Crop & Fruit Production

Our extensive research orchards and farmland, combined with our controlled environment facilities, allow us to develop crop production protocols and tools.

Our scientists have expert skills in arable and vegetable crops, kiwifruit, pipfruit, stonefruit and winegrapes, as well as pollination and apiculture. We work closely with plant breeders and scientists from the Bioprotection Portfolio to carry out research that enhances crop & fruit production systems.

Plant & Food Research manages more than 300 hectares of research orchards and farmland, with access to additional commercial plots as required. We operate dedicated research orchards in all the major growing regions, including apples in Hawke’s Bay and Nelson, kiwifruit in Te Puke and Kerikeri, grapes in Marlborough, arable crops in Canterbury and stonefruit in Central Otago.