It’s been a great summer
Greener pastures have put a smile on the face of Waikato farmers as feed covers hold up through summer after a damp December.
While many of their counterparts struggle in Northland following the recent drought declaration, Waikato is largely in good shape coming into late summer.
While patches of Waikato are starting to show the effects of summer, other areas are holding up well from moderate rainfall last month.
According to Niwa’s seasonal climate outlook for February to April, temperatures were most likely to be near average, rainfall was most likely to be in the below normal range and soil moisture levels and river flows were most likely to be below normal.
The region was greener in places than previous years although north Waikato was looking drier than south Waikato and eastern parts towards Te Aroha, Waikato Federated Farmers president Chris Lewis said.
His own farm near Pukeatua received a welcome 70 millimetres of rain over January during a typically dry time of the year.
‘‘The farm’s still green and growing a bit of grass, which is useful and the cows are ticking over slowly. There’s been a little bit of rain, a little but of hot weather. For a farmer it’s been a great summer.’’
Parts of Waikato are still looking green coming into February.