It is going to be a long, hot summer
WHILE there has been plenty in summer rainfall areas lately, rain is not likely to keep up its pace, according to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
“Above-normal rainfall conditions are expected over most parts of the summer rainfall areas during early summer.
“However, below-normal is expected for the summer rainfall areas during mid-summer and for the far north-eastern parts of the country during late-summer,” spokesperson Steve Galane said in a statement, quoting the SA Weather Service (Saws).
“Also, overall higher temperatures are still expected moving towards the mid and late-summer period.”
Saws expected a drier and warmer summer season as a whole, with some “very inconsistent” significant rainfall events.
Galane added that most provinces were reporting “reasonable to poor conditions” of veld and livestock.
Dryland farmers are advised to wait for sufficient moisture before planting and to consider drought short season cultivars as dry conditions are anticipated, he said.
“They are also advised to consider other alternative crops such as sorghum.”