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My Daily Digest: October 30, 2020

The hay days are here  As haymaking season cranks up it’s a tale of two islands, with the north looking pretty good growth-wise and the south still waiting for the flush.

While soil moisture levels are worryingly low all over New Zealand, there’s been enough rain in many North Island regions to kick off the grass. That’s good news for many, especially those in Hawke’s Bay, who have an empty barn following drought earlier in the year.

And while La Nina is on the horizon, forecasters say it’s going to be drier than usual over the next couple of months. The eastern rains that La Nina typically brings will hopefully kick in after that.

For now, it’s a matter of making hay while the sun shines.

Bryan Gibson

 

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