Arable yields were up 7% on average across the six milling/malting and feed cereal crops last season. The May Arable Industry Marketing Initiative or AIMI report shows excellent harvest conditions in most South Island regions, though rain in March in parts of Canterbury and northern Southland doused crops and made harvest/paddock access difficult. Federated Farmers arable vice-president grains, Andrew Darling says the report also highlights very trying conditions for some North Island growers with continual rain and then February’s cyclones, flooding paddocks, delaying harvest and in some cases losing large portions of crops. Some 103,200 tonnes of milling wheat was harvested, up 49%. 62,700 tonnes of malting barley brought in is a 69% rise on the previous season. There was 303,800 tonnes of feed wheat harvested – down 3% compared to last year.
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