Farmers’ relief as rain hits region
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.”
Neil Dupe at the flooded highway.