As I wrote in January, we had a cool, damp spring and moist December, with restricted need for irrigation.

In Canterbury, our local weather tends to run in six-week cycles, so a moist rising and flowering interval seldom flows to a moist harvest. Properly, not this yr. The rain merely retains coming and we’re struggling.

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David Clark

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David Clark runs a 463ha completely irrigated mixed farm collectively along with his partner Jayne at Valetta, on the Canterbury Plains of New Zealand’s south island. He grows 400ha of cereals, pulses, forage and vegetable seed crops, runs 1,000 Romney breeding ewes and finishes 8,000 lambs yearly.

It doesn’t matter what variety of horses the combo has if the rain is falling. We’ve received made good use of the instances which have been fantastic and have one ryegrass crop blended and some early peas, nonetheless that’s all.

One crop of ryegrass could also be very moist and disappearing into regrowth inside the swathes, nonetheless fortunately two late-flowering crops are solely merely ready for windrowing.

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Nothing has been baled and the cereal crops may be ready for the combo in per week.

White clover crops are deteriorating, with quick vegetative improvement swamping seed heads. Peas are beginning to sprout for anyone unlucky adequate to have them windrowed.

We’re by no means alone. Little or no harvesting has been carried out, even down on the early coastal strip. When the local weather does come correct, it may suggest a big bottleneck for seed outlets and baling contractors.

We’re guaranteeing we’re capable of seize any harvest different, nonetheless with 55mm of rain ultimate Friday and 70mm forecast for this Wednesday, we merely can’t catch a possibility.

One good issue is instantly we obtained the roof on the straw shed we constructed. It was an unlimited workforce effort proper right here on farm to get this problem accomplished.

Now we merely should get some bales pressed to position inside the shed. We even took the rash decision to exchange the tedder to a ten.5m machine to increase our chances of dry straw. Determined cases…

Omicron is rising its march all through New Zealand, and we have got hanging over us the specter of 10 days in isolation you most likely have been in shut contact with any person who has examined optimistic, or 14 days in isolation for those who occur to verify optimistic for Covid-19.

With harvest to complete, I, along with all totally different arable farmers, am terribly nervous about getting caught up in that course of.

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