[23 November/ Stuff]

Central North Island farmers have had their irrigators going flat out for the past few weeks as the region has been without rain for more than a month. Manawatu Dairy Farmer, Robert Ervine said pasture covers were dropping and farmers needed rain for more grass to grow and crops which had just poked above ground. Bulls Arable Farmer, Hew Dalrymple said lumps had appeared in the ground because it had been wet and then dry, meaning getting soil ready for crops had been more expensive than usual.