Today on The Country, Jamie Mackay and Rowena Duncum are broadcasting from Palmerston North, where they're getting ready for the Norwood Rural Sports Awards tonight and the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games this weekend.

On with the show:

Lisa Murray:

Our Met Service forecaster says much of New Zealand is getting some useful rain but a good follow up fall could be some time away.

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Tim Myers and Shane McManaway:

Today's panel features the CEOs of Norwood and Allflex – two national businesses that form part of the reason why Manawatū is considered the farming capital of NZ.

Stu Duncan:

Is a Maniototo farmer who's been at the frontline fighting yesterday's fires and earlier this week he found out the importance of having good cell phone coverage.

Craig Carr:

We find the chief executive of Carrfields in Wanaka at the Clutha A&P Show as we talk Beltex sheep, MPI issues surrounding export seed and the state of the harvest season in Canterbury.

Dr Tim Mackle:

The chief executive of Dairy NZ talks about the Big Dry, M. bovis farmer consultation and where to from here, plus we look forward to World Water Day on March 22.

Grant Nisbett:

We take a look at this week's $100 TAB sports bet with Grant Nisbett.

Listen below: