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POLL RESULTS: Half of kiwi farmers need a good spring

As winter draws to a close, farmers around the country are anxiously awaiting next season – and what spring has in store for us weatherwise.

We wanted to know how many of our landowners and growers were in good shape to take whatever comes next, and who needs a perfect spring to make up for lost ground this year.

Well, the results were fairly comprehensive – with a combined 56% of voters saying they were either “a bit concerned” or “really in need of a good spring”.

Just 27% were feeling positive heading into the coming season, after a dry (and cold at times) 2015 for many agricultural areas.

One voter commented:

So far and unless we get 75 mils of rain in the  last days of winter it will be the second driest winter and thats after the second driest summer and unless this year gets cracking it will be a record dry year….we had no thunder storms in summer and that cyclone was a right fizzler  where i live….so a cold winter after a crap summer is a right kick in the guts…..luckly i only have SHEEP

While another said:

Concerned about frosts earlier, not looking so bad at the moment, have had an excellent patch of warm weather in Hawkes Bay.

Keep an eye out for this week’s poll, coming Sunday morning!

– Drew Chappell,


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