Rainfall brings farmers hope
The weekend’s rainfall has brought new hope to Great Southern and Wheatbelt farmers who have endured a mix of dust storms, fires, drought and frost in the early stages of germination.
With many growers recently or soon to be completed seeding their crops,weekend rainfall has given them a brighter outlook after a drier-than-average autumn.
The front brought 15mm of rain to Albany over Saturday and Sunday, Kendenup recorded 28mm and North Stirlings received 35mm.
Narrogin received almost 40mm, taking the monthly total for the Wheatbelt town to 60mm.
It follows a tough few weeks for farmers after a bushfire destroyed more than 17,000ha including pasture and livestock in South Stirling and dust storms removed topsoil across the region following one of the driest autumns on record.
Perin and Tony Warham farm in Cranbrook and received 24mm at the weekend.
Mrs Warham said it had been a really tough start to the season and the rainfall had made a huge differ- ence to crops that at one point had little hope.
“It was extremely hard to watch, it was really dry putting the seed in and then the dust and the wind in those storms really caused a lot of damage,” she said.
“Somehow the canola was still there after all that and then the poor little guy was covered in ice because we had a few days of frost there too.
“Some people weren’t as lucky as us and had to reseed after those dust storms and some didn’t receive as much rainfall.”
Showers will continue throughout the week with a high chance of 1-4mm of rain today and a high chance of 2-6mm on Thursday.
A canola plant at the farm.