Canterbury farmers are being warned to be prepared for a dry summer and save those water allocations. Some farmers have already used 20% of their allocation and we are still in Spring. But in Marlborough, it’s a little better with another week of spring rain after a dry October allowing Marlborough farmers to breath a little easier heading into summer. Ward sheep and beef farmer Kevin Loe said farmers had been banking on La Niña, and it looked like it had arrived earlier than expected. The rain now ensures farmers can grow quality feed going into summer and the forecast is for another 10 days of rain. Niwa last month confirmed the arrival of La Niña, a weather pattern typically associated with unusually warm Tasman Sea temperatures during late spring and summer. The forecast is for the weather to turn drier again in mid-November, setting farmers up for good growing conditions.