Crops damaged by latest wind and rain

Last updated 12:00 24/01/2014

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Farmers and growers would like some sunshine so barley, wheat and maize reach their potential.

Feilding-based cropping specialist company H&T Agronomic agronomist Duncan Thomas said there had been some damage in heavy wheat and barley crops from the wind and rain of the past few weeks.

He said some crops were on the ground as a result of the poor weather.

"But most are standing upright, and the grains are filling. They have plenty of moisture available to them - now they need a bit of sunshine."

Mr Thomas said maize crops (usually used as a crop for dairy cows) had been hit by the wind, but mainly on the edges of crops.

He said the regular rain over the past four weeks had helped maize, but the wind had not.

"Any rain in January, I call a million-dollar rain. Now we need heat units for crops to reach their potential."

Manawatu/Rangitikei Federated Farmers grain and seed chairman David Lee-Jones said crops where he lived near Marton were good, but it was patchy around the region, with some small grain crops blown over by the wind.

And many gardeners have had a rough summer too, with tomatoes and sweet bell peppers slower to produce and crops lighter than usual. Some taller plants have been continually blown over.

The wind and lack of heat have taken their toll on many vegetable gardens and some have disease running rife as a result of the poorer than usual growth.

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- Manawatu Standard

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