Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

Rain Rain Go Away

9 February 2004

PR 021/04

Rain Rain Go Away

The rain that broke the summer dry is good news for pastoral farmers, but bad news for cropping farmers says Andrew Gillanders, Vice Chairman of the Grains Council of Federated Farmers of New Zealand (Inc).

The Canterbury region produces 80% of New Zealand's arable crops and has had three weeks of damp humid weather causing mature cereal crops to sprout. Grass seed crops cut for harvesting before the rains are also seriously affected.

"Most Canterbury crops are grown under irrigation so dry spells are able to be managed. More difficult is the damp humid weather which means crops cannot be harvested and are left to stand and mature in the field. The grain in the head of the plant begins to grow, affecting its physical characteristics and likely to be downgraded in the market.

"Arable farmers are concerned that the longer this damp humid weather lasts the greater the potential for downgrading crops.

"Arable farmers have their fingers crossed for hot dry weather to get the harvesters going and the crops in the silos," said Mr Gillanders.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Scoop 3.0: How You Can Help Scoop’s Evolution

We have big plans for 2018 as we look to expand our public interest journalism coverage, upgrade our publishing infrastructure and offer even more valuable business tools to commercial users of Scoop. More>>


Statistics: Butter At Record $5.67/Block; High Vegetable Prices

Rising dairy prices have pushed food prices up 2.7 percent in the year to October 2017, Stats NZ said today. This followed a 3.0 percent increase in the year to September 2017. More>>

ALSO:

Science: New Research Finds Herbicides Cause Antibiotic Resistance

New University of Canterbury research confirms that the active ingredients of the commonly used herbicides, RoundUp, Kamba and 2,4-D (glyphosate, dicamba and 2,4-D, respectively), each alone cause antibiotic resistance at concentrations well below label application rates. More>>

ALSO:

CO2 And Water: Fonterra's Environment Plans

Federated Farmers support Fonterra’s bold push to get to zero emissions of CO2 on the manufacturing side of the Co-operative, both in New Zealand and across its global network. More>>

ALSO:

Fisheries: Decision To Delay Monitoring ‘Fatally Flawed’

Conservation group representatives say a decision by the new Minister of Fisheries, Stuart Nash, to delay implementation of camera monitoring of fishing efforts in New Zealand is ‘fatally flawed’. More>>

ALSO:

Kaikōura Quakes: One Year On

State Highway One and the railway were blocked by damage and slips and the Inland Road suffered significant damage. Farms, homes and businesses suffered building and land damage. Power and internet went down, drinking water systems, sewage systems and local roads were all badly affected... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Bill Bennett on Tech