Note: South Island farms will be about one month behind North Island farms
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Farming Diary for February
Into a new year and from what you hear from farmers and rural economists – things are not good with many farmers cutting essentials like fertiliser. The trouble is we depend on world markets and when they get sick so do we.
Farming Diary for January
January is still ‘holiday month’ and it’s always a good time to check up with neighbours, as it’s surprising how few folks on small blocks know their neighbours, especially after new subdivisions and new massive houses suddenly appear over the fence.
Farming Diary for December
December can be very stressful with the ever-increasing commercialisation of Christmas, the end of the school year and holiday plans, but it’s by no means the end of the farming year.
Farming Diary for October
The predictions are that we in for another summer drought. This is the worry every year as records show declining annual rainfall over the last three years as global warming has to be accepted.
Farming Diary for September
There’s still a massive clean up jobs and repairs to be done in many parts of the country after earlier storms, which will take months before things are ever back to normal – and at enormous cost.
Farming Diary for August
Weather disasters continue – will the floods ever drain away and the bogs dry up? And the damage to fences and infrastructure ever get fixed?
Farming Diary for July
It’s easy to get confused about what time of year it is as seeing young calves around and early lambs can fool you. It’s not spring and we have the rest of winter to face, so stock need to get through to spring in good order.
Farming Diary for June
Well it’s winter and not time to hibernate! It’s time to work out what you are going to do next season, and get any major projects underway right now before the work load of spring.
Farming Diary for April
There’s media talk of ‘getting back to normal’ after all the happenings of the last months, but nobody seems to know what that will be, at what cost and who is going to pay!
Farming Diary for March
What a disaster for those affected by the cyclone in terms of it’s physical, mental and financial effects.
Farming Diary for November
November is a critical month for pasture growth and we need rain (but not floods!), because the rain we get now dictates growth for early silage, and preparing for summer, which is many regions is forecast to be dry if it can be believed.