Ag Minister 'watching carefully' as farms dry out

The Agriculture Minister believes farmers are coping well with the current soaring temperatures - but says it could be a different story if they continue much longer.

There are tinder dry conditions across many parts of the country, with Northland, Tasman and Canterbury among the worst hit.

Damien O'Connor told the AM Show that farmers are better prepared than they were during a drought last year.

"Things are drying out really really quickly, but we were lucky though the spring with a lot of grass throughout New Zealand, most stock are in really good condition and there's lots of hay around," he said.

However he said he is keeping a close eye on the situation.

"Farmers will be concerned if this carries on much longer, we are watching it very carefully," he said.

He said the Rural Support Trust is working with farmers, and the Government will look at helping if the situation warrants it.

"There's been nothing drafted, but if we continue with this weather for another week or two, we will be looking to work with farmers," said Mr O'Connor.

"We will be out on the ground with MPI and the Rural Support Trust working with farmers who might need feed."

He said farmers are used to changing climates and he's confident most are looking after stock and managing.

 "As long as they have feed for their animals, and water for them - they will get through."