As you are aware the Southland/South Otago regions have recently experienced un-seasonally high rainfall totals, often over very short periods of time.
This has occurred at a difficult time as many of you are trying to get regrassing finished, crops planted and effluent pond levels down.
The following DairyNZ email contains links to resources and information that maybe useful to those that are currently experiencing saturated soils and flooding.
A large amount of helpful flood information can be found by clicking HERE
If you are concerned regarding your current on farm situation please contact your local Consulting Officer by clicking HERE or contact Ronda Ridsdale at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 03 218 2274
Flood response information:
- It is important to minimise pugging, which can be achieved using on/off grazing, back fencing, altered mob sizes etc. For wet weather grazing strategies Click HERE
- Wait until the water has receded then assess the crop. How long was the crop under water? Was the flood water stationary or flowing at speed creating soil and crop disturbance? Assess how many plants remain to determine whether a re-drill is required.
- Once conditions improve avoid taking short cuts. Ensure crop nutrient requirements are met, eliminate weeds for optimal growth and maximum light interception by the crop.
- If you have any doubts or concerns get in touch with your local Agronomist/Technical field rep to discuss ‘where to from here’ for managing existing crops and making a plan for late planted crops. Crop type may need to be changed if sowing date is going to be too late to achieve good yields.
- If you are concerned your effluent pond may overflow, please contact Environment Southland or the Otago Regional Council to discuss possible solutions.
- Review the following points and visit ‘full effluent advice’ Click HERE for more information:
- Understanding soil moisture deficit and how and where you can irrigate
- Understand your consent conditions relating to effluent application
- Reduce water entering into your effluent system
- If soil conditions allow consider alternative options to drop the pond level faster e.g. use a contractor with a slurry tanker or umbilical system
- If necessary have excess effluent removed from your pond and property
- You need to look after yourself and your team over this stressful time. For more detailed information and options you can visit by clicking HERE
- Prioritise what needs doing and by who (how are you doing this?). Urgent vs. important.
- Write down a checklist of actions that are required and formulate a plan of attack
- Check in with staff and their families
- Check in with neighbours when you can
The Rural Support Trust is always available. Click HERE at or pH 0800 787 254
Other useful links:
- What should I do if my wrapped baleage or silage stack got flooded? Click HERE