The Rotary Club of Wanaka Cropping Competition is on again for farmers, with the Otago Rescue Helicopter once again a beneficiary.
The competition will include swede, kale, turnip, and fodder beet crops, with more than 50 crops to judge.
Funds raised will go towards extensions to the instrument flight rules (IFR) path to Wanaka, enabling the rescue helicopter to fly in low-light conditions.
Competition organiser George Scott said under current flight rules the rescue helicopter could only fly as far as Dunstan Hospital in bad visibility.
Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust secretary manager Vivienne Seaton said extending the IFR path would complete routes to Dunedin and Christchurch Hospitals.
‘‘Many missions that would previously have been impossible because of low cloud can now be responded to, greatly reducing the number of occasions on which weather conditions prevent a response,’’ she said.
The competition will also raise funds for the Otago Rural Support Trust.
Competition judging takes place in May. The winners will be announced at a function at the Lake Hawea Community Centre on June 10.