The protracted dry spell is reducing yield potential in crops across parts of the country, according to ProCam technical director David Ellerton.
"Soil type is the dominant factor, with some crops on lighter ground looking very ill," he said. "If we don't get significant rainfall soon these crops will start sheading [sic] tillers, which will damage yield considerably."
Spring crops were suffering the most with barley showing the worst symptoms, he noted. "It is already losing yield potential and if we don't get heavy rainfall the penalty will be great."
26 May 2010