Rain delays maize harvest

Region still on track to produce 40,000 to 45,000 tonnes this year.

Region still on track to produce 40,000 to 45,000 tonnes this year.

HARVEST DELAYED: The maize harvest has been slowed down by the persistent bouts or wet weather that have swept across the region since it started in March. Picture by Paul Rickard

PERSISTENT bouts of rain have delayed the district’s maize harvest this season, but growers have not been unduly concerned because the crops have held up pretty well.

Glencore Grain regional manager Dave Corrin says his company’s harvest has been running about three weeks behind normal because of the weather.

The harvest started around mid-March and normally finishes mid-June.

“We are only about halfway through our harvest because the wet weather has slowed things down.

“We have not been able to get a decent run at it. The weather is good for a few days, then the rain comes again,”
Mr Corrin said so far the crop had not been unduly affected.

“It is holding up well, which is good. The quality of the maize being harvested is OK — surprisingly good, given how wet it has been,” he said.

“It would be nice to get a month of fine weather to finish things off.”

Mr Corrin said the region was still on track to produce 40,000 to 45,000 tonnes of maize this year.

Corson Grain have also been running behind schedule with their harvest.

Procurement manager Richard Hyland said things had ticked over well between the bouts of rain.

“We are about 40 percent of the way through. It’s a matter of slowly but surely bringing the crops in.”

Mr Hyland said their yields have been a little below average so far.

“The crops have held their own reasonably well though, despite the persistent and at times very heavy rain that has fallen round the district.”

PERSISTENT bouts of rain have delayed the district’s maize harvest this season, but growers have not been unduly concerned because the crops have held up pretty well.

Glencore Grain regional manager Dave Corrin says his company’s harvest has been running about three weeks behind normal because of the weather.

The harvest started around mid-March and normally finishes mid-June.

“We are only about halfway through our harvest because the wet weather has slowed things down.

“We have not been able to get a decent run at it. The weather is good for a few days, then the rain comes again,”
Mr Corrin said so far the crop had not been unduly affected.

“It is holding up well, which is good. The quality of the maize being harvested is OK — surprisingly good, given how wet it has been,” he said.

“It would be nice to get a month of fine weather to finish things off.”

Mr Corrin said the region was still on track to produce 40,000 to 45,000 tonnes of maize this year.

Corson Grain have also been running behind schedule with their harvest.

Procurement manager Richard Hyland said things had ticked over well between the bouts of rain.

“We are about 40 percent of the way through. It’s a matter of slowly but surely bringing the crops in.”

Mr Hyland said their yields have been a little below average so far.

“The crops have held their own reasonably well though, despite the persistent and at times very heavy rain that has fallen round the district.”

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