It’s been a great sum­mer

South Waikato News - - Property -

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.’’

TOM LEE/FAIRFAX NZ

Parts of Waikato are still look­ing green com­ing into Fe­bru­ary.

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