STATE’S RAIN GAME RE­MAINS STRONG

Countryman - - FRONT PAGE - Cally Dupe

Farm­ers in parts of the east­ern Wheat­belt are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing their best start to the sea­son in years, with some record­ing triple the amount of rain­fall com­pared to this time last year.

Be­tween April and June, more than 70mm of rain has fallen at Bea­con, where James Grant dry-seeded 4500ha of crop with his father Tom Grant be­fore the rain came.

Reg­u­lar down­pours have been a wel­come change to last year, when just 27mm fell dur­ing that same pe­riod, the bulk of which was recorded in May.

“Ev­ery­thing is look­ing pretty good, there are a lot of weeds but you get that,” James said.

“Ev­ery­thing is up and away, and look­ing much bet­ter than last year. It’s one of our best starts.”

It’s a sim­i­lar story in many other East­ern Wheat­belt towns, with this week’s rain adding to am­ple show­ers which fell last month.

Some of the most stun­ning turn­arounds have been in Bea­con, Morowa, Bu­rakin, Ben­cub­bin, Muk­in­budin and We­sto­nia.

Each of those lo­ca­tions have re­ceived more than four times the amount of April-June rain­fall com­pared with the same pe­riod last year.

Kalan­nie has recorded al­most five times the amount, at 86mm, com­pared with 16mm be­tween April and June last year.

Sit­ting pretty at 100mm of April to June rain­fall on Tues­day, Latham has also recorded more than six times the amount of the mea­gre 16mm recorded dur­ing the same pe­riod last year.

It’s a less than per­fect sit­u­a­tion in the Esper­ance Port Zone, how­ever, where many towns have halved last year’s April to June rain­fall to­tals.

At Mt How­ick, 68mm has fallen dur­ing that time pe­riod, com­pared with 130mm last year. It’s a sim­i­lar story at Salmon Gums, 40mm com­pared with 84mm, Cas­cade North, 38mm com­pared with 93mm, and Scad­dan, 66mm com­pared with 85mm.

James Grant revels on wet ground.

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