10 Sep 2012

Good start to spring in Otago

1:12 pm on 10 September 2012

Farmers in Otago report a generally favourable start to spring, despite hugely contrasting rainfall figures last month.

Statistics gathered by Dave Stewart of Raineffects Ltd show rain in North Otago ranged from more than 80 percent, to almost 400% above the August average.

Eastern Otago, including Dunedin, had a lot more rain than usual, but inland areas from Central Otago and the Lakes district, to South and West Otago, had well below average falls.

Mr Stewart says it reflects the typical La Nina pattern and so far has not really impacted on farmers.

But recent strong westerly winds mean the pasture in some areas is starting to dry quickly.