Drought

Water restrictions becoming widespread

[23 January/ Radio New Zealand Rural] Councils around the country have enforced water restrictions on users, including Horizons Regional Council, which has implemented water restrictions for the Tararua, Manawatu and Whanganui catchments. Otago Regional Council was to issue a water shortage direction to three farms along the Taieri River between Paerau and Waipaita on January...

Nathan Guy visits parched Canterbury

[20 January/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] While meeting farmers and local leaders in Mid Canterbury, the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy said it was time to be supporting farmers to help reduce the effects of the lack of rain. When questioned about irrigation projects, he said that the Government was supportive of water storage...

Time for tough calls

[10 January/ NZ Farmers Weekly] South Canterbury farmers are expecting the region to be declared a drought zone before the end of the month. Dairy farmer, Brent Isbister expects milk production to be back at least 15 percent for the season, with his milk flows down by 20 percent. He said the low milk payout...

Repeat droughts cause kumara crisis

[4 April/ NZ Farmers Weekly] Consecutive droughts have resulted in a supply deficit of kumara chips for the second year in a row, with Kumara growers in Northland’s Kaipara region, where most of the kumara is harvested saying that the three consecutive summers of drought have impacted crops. Delta Kumara general manager, Locky Wilson said...

Drought hits Waikato maize yields

[1 April/ Business Day] This year’s maize silage harvest on Waikato farms have been hugely varied, from as little as 14t/ha on lighter soils to 26t/ha on heavier, good peat soils, as a result of the drought. Waikato Federated Farmers Grain and Seed Industry Group chairman, John Hodge said that poorer yields were limited to...

Critical weeks ahead for Waikato

 [28 March/ Rural News Group] A teleconference of farmer representatives and officials have highlighted that ongoing challenges of the very dry conditions in the Waikato and South Auckland are heavily affecting some farmers. Figures from the Waikato Regional Council showed rainfall at Ruakura for the three months to March were the second lowest on record,...

West coast drought now official

 [26 March/ Radio NZ Rural] Councils from Auckland to Far North, the Ministry for Primary Industries, Fonterra and farming sector groups have decided to officially classify a localised drought from Kaukapakapa north. Federated Farmers Northland president, Roger Ludbrook said that he was pleased with the official declaration, which triggers the Rural Support Trust, allowing farmers...