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Much rain and humidity

Gisborne region, New Zealand: growers remain optimistic

New Zealand farmers and grape growers have watched the weather forecasts more closely in the past week and there has been some concern with 7 days out of the next 10 forecast to have more high daytime temperatures and moist, humid air.

With the start of the main grape harvest only a few weeks away now, grape growers have been on edge, said long time grower Doug Bell. “Warm and moist air is not ideal for growing grapes, and it can generate fungus that damages them. But so far the crops look to be in very good condition.”

The Gisborne Herald quoted Cedenco Foods managing director Tim Chrisp as saying his company had just entered the peak period of its sweetcorn, tomato and squash harvests. “The factory and team are at full capacity and we hope there are no serious disruptions weather-wise.” Chrisp said their tomato harvest was disrupted a bit at the weekend because of the rain. “We are currently waiting for some paddocks to drain properly so we can recommence the tomato harvest. We are watching the weather like everyone else, hoping for a strong season.”


Publication date: 2/14/2018


 


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