Farm Di­ary

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Tips for the start of sum­mer

Rain in Novem­ber sets you up for a good Jan­uary and Feb­ru­ary, when it’s nor­mal for things to dry off.

It’s al­ways a good idea to save pas­ture as silage now, or hay in the next cou­ple of months.

Cli­mate pre­dic­tions help with plan­ning. The Na­tional In­sti­tute of Water and At­mo­spheric Re­search’s re­gional cli­mate fore­casts are up­dated through­out the year. Th­ese give you a pre­dic­tion of the type of weather to ex­pect in the next three months.

From Novem­ber on­wards, NZ is ex­pected to be in El Niño con­di­tions, con­tin­u­ing through into late au­tumn.

Dur­ing El Niño, the coun­try tends to ex­pe­ri­ence stronger or more fre­quent west­erly winds in sum­mer, typ­i­cally lead­ing to drought in east coast ar­eas. Rain­fall tends to be higher in the west.

To get the lat­est prob­a­bil­i­ties of rain­fall, soil con­di­tions and river flows, check out your re­gion’s fore­cast here: www.niwa.co.nz/cli­mate/sea­sonal-cli­mate-out­look

Al­ways think care­fully about tak­ing on ex­tra stock at this time of year – it can be an ex­pen­sive mis­take

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