Spring rain sets up a promising season
OVENS and Kiewa Valley farmers couldn’t be happier with spring weather patterns.
Another wet October has helped to set up the season.
October was the second wettest month this year with more than 130 millimetres of rain falling across the Alpine Shire.
Although not as wet as the same time last year, the Upper Ovens led the way with 164mm of rain recorded at Porepunkah’s TAFCO weather station.
That was 22mm more than what was captured in the Kiewa Valley at Coral Bank (142mm) while Myrtleford received slightly less rain again with 130mm falling.
Porepunkah-based farmer Paul Dalbosco said the mix of rain and warm weather has been ideal.
“With these showers we’ve been getting, the silage and hay is yielding really high so it’s been a great start for the fodder season,” he said.
“People can’t believe the bails they’re getting per acre.
“They’ve never seen it before and the clover and all of the feed around the place is just unbelievable.
“Some people are doing two cuts of silage off the one paddock which is not very often done.
“You don’t have to go too far past Albury to see how dry it is in other places so we’ve been very lucky.”
Mr Dalbosco, whose family also grows grapes, said vignerons and other fruit growers will have plenty of optimism ahead of summer.
“I think going forward things look really promising, it really shortens the summer and is going to get us well and truly to Christmas and into the new year,” he said.
“For us it has set the vineyard up for a really good year and if we get a normal summer where it just tapers off it will be ideal.
“We have had a few cold starts which have raised alarm bells but we don’t want any frosts from now and good soil moisture going into the summer is really going to help.
“Everything in agriculture is going to benefit from this rain, I don’t think there is anyone complaining.”