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Wheat 'At Risk' After Earthquake Wrecks Silos

06 September 2010

NEW ZEALAND – Thousands of tonnes of milling wheat could be exposed to weather damage as a result of collapsed silos in New Zealand, after the country was rocked by a recent earthquake.

According to Radio New Zealand, power cuts and damage to farm buildings have meant that many of the nation's dairy cows went unmilked, while grain stocks have been exposed to the elements.

North Canterbury grain chair Murray Rowlands, who farms in Darfield, the epicentre of the earthquake, told the news provider that frantic efforts were being made to move grain to storage vats in a bid to stop it being contaminated.

"[Mr Rowlands] advises farmers with damaged silos to check their insurance policies to make sure they were covered in the quake, because some farmers have since found out that their silos were not," the news website reported.

Meanwhile, crop farmers in parts of Australia are preparing for a tougher-than-expected locust control operation, as earlier hatching dates are anticipated in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.

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