Farm­ers’ re­lief as rain hits re­gion

Great Southern Herald - - Front Page - Sjanna Sanadalova

While some of us may have run for cover dur­ing Septem­ber’s down­pour, farm­ers praised the rain which they de­scribed as well over­due.

Ko­jonup farmer Alex Cant called the re­cent down­pour a bless­ing in dis­guise that ar­rived at the per­fect time.

“We were des­tined for rain when it hap­pened; an­other week with no rain and we would’ve lost our third ger­mi­na­tion of pas­ture,” he said.

“It was prob­a­bly one of the best rains I’ve seen in years. It was a life­saver — it’ll do un­told good for the crops and pas­tures.”

Katan­ning recorded a to­tal of 57.8mm rain for Septem­ber while Ko­jonup reveived 87mm, more than dou­ble its av­er­age monthly rain­fall.

“We’ve had enough rain but be­cause it didn’t rain for five weeks, we re­ally needed it,” farmer Ben Webb said.

“We had no flood­ing — it was per­fect.”

WA Farmer’s As­so­ci­a­tion Cen­tral Great South­ern pres­i­dent Ian Mc­Dougall said it had been a very in­ter­est­ing year for the re­gion.

“We had a very dry pe­riod, then it be­came re­ally wet again and back and forth,” he said.

“For us, that spring rain is what makes or breaks us.

“If we go too long with­out rain, our plants will start to shut down and they don’t re­spond as quickly to the rain.

“The crops will end up thin, feed and pas­ture stag­nates and just stops grow­ing.”

Parts of the re­gion recorded more than 150mm in 36 hours.

Pic­ture: Cally Dupe

Neil Dupe at the flooded high­way.

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