22 Dec 2014

Soggy West Coast farms hope to dry out

6:37 am on 22 December 2014

Farmers on the South Island's West Coast, like their Southland counterparts, would like a little more warmth and a little less rain right now.

The West Coast got another dose of rain over the weekend, which Federated Farmers' West Coat president Katie Milne said they could have done without.

She said after a wet, cold November, the soggy conditions were holding up hay and silage making.

"It's holding up getting off farm any surpluses that are there, for those who have managed to get a surplus," she said.

However the warm weather had improved grass growth compared to last month.

"(The grass) did all go to seed over November when you couldn't make the cows eat it down hard, because they'd do too much damage."

Rain did bring a little bit of relief to dry parts of Marlborough at the weekend.

However, Marlborough farmers president Greg Harris said the pressure was still on in some areas, which were heading for irrigation restrictions.

He said it was dryer than normal in many parts, with some acquifers and rivers getting down to minimum flows.

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