Spring rain sets up a promis­ing sea­son

Alpine Observer - - News - By JUSTIN JEN­VEY

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.”

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