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Northland vegetable crops seem to escape worst of weather

Apparently, Northland vegetable crops have escaped the deluge expected to hit the region when a state of emergency was declared due to heavy rain and bad weather. Some growers in the region, including kumara growers, did experience some crop damage, but this wasn’t just from Tuesday night’s downpour; it’s been an ongoing battle the whole summer.

Northern Wairoa Vegetable Growers Association president and kumara grower Doug Nilsson said there was “quite a bit of water lying in our paddocks”. It was now too wet to spray, and staff were waiting around for it to dry out before they could start weeding, he said. Nilsson added that the wet weather over the whole summer had had an impact: “It’s been like this all year. It’s a battle. Growers are getting frustrated. It’s week after week.”


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