Nuhaka farmer wins maize award

Audience hears to not give up and stay true to their beliefs and dreams.

Audience hears to not give up and stay true to their beliefs and dreams.

TOP YIELD: Nuhaka cropper Paul Steele (right) received the Yield Cup at the Pioneer Brand Products annual growers get-together at the Bushmere Arms yesterday. He received the trophy from the company’s area manager Simon Begley (left) for a full-maturity seed maize-yield of more than 20 tonnes per hectare. Picture by Murray Robertson

NUHAKA farmer Paul Steele won the Yield Cup for the best full-maturity seed maize crop in the region's yield competition at yesterday’s Pioneer Seeds awards presentation.

The well attended annual “Industry Get Together” was held at the Bushmere Arms with most seed maize growers in the district in attendance.

“Paul has won the Yield Cup with a 20.3 tonnes-per-hectare full maturity result last season,” said Pioneer Seeds area manager for Northern Hawke’s Bay-Gisborne-East Coast Simon Begley.

The runnersup were Bostock NZ from Hastings, who also took out the early and mid-maturity trophies for the two regions.

Paul Steele said it felt great to win the region’s full maturity trophy.

Doing it right and no shortcuts

“It’s just about doing everything right and taking no short cuts," he said.

"Getting the weather right is important too and we certainly had a bit of help from mother nature with that this season after the predicted El Nino weather that never really arrived. We ended up having one of our better seasons."

A grower from the Waikato won the national trophy for Pioneer seed maize yield this year. The guest speaker at the industry get-together yesterday was the founder of the highly successful Swazi line of outdoor clothing Davey Hughes.

The passionate conservationist gave an entertaining hour-long presentation on his hunting and conservation travels and shared some gems about success in business and life.

“If you can harvest a field then you can build a brand. After all a brand is merely a perception. A field is real!”

Mr Hughes said the best dreams we have are the ones we have while we are awake.

“Capture those dreams. They are good dreams. Capture them and follow them through and when you feel your back is to the wall, don’t give up. Stay true to your ethics, your beliefs and your dreams.”

NUHAKA farmer Paul Steele won the Yield Cup for the best full-maturity seed maize crop in the region's yield competition at yesterday’s Pioneer Seeds awards presentation.

The well attended annual “Industry Get Together” was held at the Bushmere Arms with most seed maize growers in the district in attendance.

“Paul has won the Yield Cup with a 20.3 tonnes-per-hectare full maturity result last season,” said Pioneer Seeds area manager for Northern Hawke’s Bay-Gisborne-East Coast Simon Begley.

The runnersup were Bostock NZ from Hastings, who also took out the early and mid-maturity trophies for the two regions.

Paul Steele said it felt great to win the region’s full maturity trophy.

Doing it right and no shortcuts

“It’s just about doing everything right and taking no short cuts," he said.

"Getting the weather right is important too and we certainly had a bit of help from mother nature with that this season after the predicted El Nino weather that never really arrived. We ended up having one of our better seasons."

A grower from the Waikato won the national trophy for Pioneer seed maize yield this year. The guest speaker at the industry get-together yesterday was the founder of the highly successful Swazi line of outdoor clothing Davey Hughes.

The passionate conservationist gave an entertaining hour-long presentation on his hunting and conservation travels and shared some gems about success in business and life.

“If you can harvest a field then you can build a brand. After all a brand is merely a perception. A field is real!”

Mr Hughes said the best dreams we have are the ones we have while we are awake.

“Capture those dreams. They are good dreams. Capture them and follow them through and when you feel your back is to the wall, don’t give up. Stay true to your ethics, your beliefs and your dreams.”

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