Difficult season for maize growers nears end

Croppers involved looking forward to winding up.

Croppers involved looking forward to winding up.

END IN SIGHT: The frustrations are nearly at an end for the district's grain maize companies with just a few paddocks left to harvest. Weather delays have extended the harvest season by 3-4 weeks and croppers can't wait for it to end. File picture

THE end of the weather-disrupted maize season is in sight. The harvest should be done and dusted by next week and the croppers involved can't wait for it to end.

Glencore Grain regional manager Dave Corrin said it had been one of the hardest seasons he had ever known.

“That’s going back 30 years. It has certainly been a tough season. We just want to get out of it and look forward to a better season next year,” Mr Corrin said.

The harvest has run three to four weeks behind schedule.

Corson Grain procurement manager Richard Hyland said the season delays all started with late planting due to the wet spring.

“It is fair to say we will be pleased to reach the end of this season. Harvest conditions have been very challenging due to the regular spells of heavy rain in the district over the past few months.”

Mr Hyland said Corson Grain would be about 95 percent through now.

“We are just tidying up the last few paddocks. We finished in Wairoa yesterday and will probably finish around Tolaga Bay today, then there will be just a couple of paddocks to harvest around Gisborne.”

Mr Hyland said they should be all done early next week.

“It has been an OK season but yields have been below average, for us down by 10 percent on what we normally harvest.

“The lower yields have been due to the lack of sunshine at crucial times,” he said.

Glencore Grain would have about 400 tonnes to go, Mr Corrin said.

“Normally that would only take a few days. But with the weather the way it has been, that could take another week now because ground conditions are terrible,” he said.

Glencore has a couple of paddocks around Wairoa to pick and at least one paddock in Gisborne.

The total regional harvest this season would be in the range of 35,000 to 40,000 tonnes.

THE end of the weather-disrupted maize season is in sight. The harvest should be done and dusted by next week and the croppers involved can't wait for it to end.

Glencore Grain regional manager Dave Corrin said it had been one of the hardest seasons he had ever known.

“That’s going back 30 years. It has certainly been a tough season. We just want to get out of it and look forward to a better season next year,” Mr Corrin said.

The harvest has run three to four weeks behind schedule.

Corson Grain procurement manager Richard Hyland said the season delays all started with late planting due to the wet spring.

“It is fair to say we will be pleased to reach the end of this season. Harvest conditions have been very challenging due to the regular spells of heavy rain in the district over the past few months.”

Mr Hyland said Corson Grain would be about 95 percent through now.

“We are just tidying up the last few paddocks. We finished in Wairoa yesterday and will probably finish around Tolaga Bay today, then there will be just a couple of paddocks to harvest around Gisborne.”

Mr Hyland said they should be all done early next week.

“It has been an OK season but yields have been below average, for us down by 10 percent on what we normally harvest.

“The lower yields have been due to the lack of sunshine at crucial times,” he said.

Glencore Grain would have about 400 tonnes to go, Mr Corrin said.

“Normally that would only take a few days. But with the weather the way it has been, that could take another week now because ground conditions are terrible,” he said.

Glencore has a couple of paddocks around Wairoa to pick and at least one paddock in Gisborne.

The total regional harvest this season would be in the range of 35,000 to 40,000 tonnes.

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