Sweetcorn harvest on the way

SWEET HARVEST: The annual sweetcorn harvest has begun with Cedenco harvesters at work yesterday in paddocks in Foxley Road at Muriwai. More than 40,000 tonnes of the golden cobs will be harvested round the Gisborne, Wairoa and Tolaga Bay districts between now and mid-April. Picture by Paul Rickard

CEDENCO started its annual sweetcorn harvest yesterday and the company expects a bigger yield than last year, with more than 40,000 tonnes of corn to be picked over the next three months.

The harvest started yesterday morning at all three growing locations round Wairoa, Gisborne and Tolaga Bay.

In Gisborne a start was made in paddocks at Muriwai.

“We are set to kick off the harvest and while it is a bit early yet to tell how the yield and quality will turn out for the season, the crop looks good at this stage,” said Cedenco agronomy manager David Oudes.

“The recent rain has improved the outlook for the season for us.”

He said harvesting would continue through to mid-April.

“The season certainly looks promising and we are pretty happy with the way things are shaping up.

“If we get settled periods of weather we will hopefully get a good overall result.”

Mr Oudes said they were on track to start the tomato harvest at the end of this month.

“The fruit size has picked up with the recent rain and like the sweetcorn the tomato crop looks good at this stage.”


CEDENCO started its annual sweetcorn harvest yesterday and the company expects a bigger yield than last year, with more than 40,000 tonnes of corn to be picked over the next three months.

The harvest started yesterday morning at all three growing locations round Wairoa, Gisborne and Tolaga Bay.

In Gisborne a start was made in paddocks at Muriwai.

“We are set to kick off the harvest and while it is a bit early yet to tell how the yield and quality will turn out for the season, the crop looks good at this stage,” said Cedenco agronomy manager David Oudes.

“The recent rain has improved the outlook for the season for us.”

He said harvesting would continue through to mid-April.

“The season certainly looks promising and we are pretty happy with the way things are shaping up.

“If we get settled periods of weather we will hopefully get a good overall result.”

Mr Oudes said they were on track to start the tomato harvest at the end of this month.

“The fruit size has picked up with the recent rain and like the sweetcorn the tomato crop looks good at this stage.”


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