Weather

Rain­fall brings farm­ers hope

Narrogin Observer - - Front Page - Shan­non Smith

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.

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