22 Feb 2009

Farmers welcome Canterbury rain

9:47 pm on 22 February 2009

Farmers in South Canterbury say there is little threat of another drought this year after a weekend of heavy rain in the region.

As up to 150 millimetres of rain fell in Canterbury, the regional council warned that some rivers were swollen enough to cause moderate flooding and farmers were told to move stock to higher ground.

Federated Farmers South Canterbury president David Williams says around 50mm of rain fell at his Fairlie property, and although other areas received double that, there were no reports of any major damage.

He says 40mm fell on his farm the week before, and the two rain events mean dry soil is no longer a problem.

Mr Williams says it will give good moisture levels to ensure reasonable pasture growth in the autumn and it's early enough that it's not too cold.

The heavy rain also caused some of the rivers in the North Otago area to run very high, with some flooding reported in areas there.