Rain, hail wipe out pad­docks

Narrogin Observer - - News - Shan­non Smith

As har­vest starts to crank up for most of WA, parts of the Great South­ern and lower Wheat­belt have been hit by rain and dam­ag­ing hail.

Ji­tarn­ing farmer Brad Miller felt the brunt of the storm on his crop­ping farm, with one pad­dock com­pletely wiped out and oth­ers left par­tially dam­aged.

On Satur­day af­ter­noon, the hail­storm went straight through the mid­dle of Mr Miller’s farm.

He said about 800ha of his wheat, bar­ley and canola were af­fected by the hail.

“There is a patch of 100ha of canola that is 100 per cent wiped out,” he said.

“The hail shat­ters the pod, so there’s only half a pod left on the plant with no seed in it. All the seed is on the ground.

“The 700ha of both canola, wheat and bar­ley that is any­where be­tween 5 and 70 per cent, that we will still try har­vest.”

De­spite the hail dam­age from last week’s storm, Mr Miller said the crops had turned out bet­ter than ex­pected and har­vest looked promis­ing.

Rain across the re­gion has de­layed har­vest for much of the Al­bany Zone, with the lat­est CBH har­vest re­port last Fri­day stat­ing a slow start to har­vest.

Sites in Hy­den, Karl­garin and Lake Grace all started re­ceiv­ing loads of bar­ley ear­lier this week.

Al­bany Zone man­ager Greg Thorn­ton said qual­ity was hard to gauge at this early stage. “As a com­par­i­son, at the same time last year, we had re­ceived 100,000 tonnes,” he said.

“At this stage, it is too early to gauge qual­ity as the ma­jor­ity of bar­ley re­ceived to date has been feed grade by va­ri­ety.

“With im­proved har­vest­ing con­di­tions and an in­creas­ing num­ber of sam­ples be­ing as­sessed, we ex­pect a num­ber of sites to open this week and de­liv­er­ies to ramp up.”

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Hail on Ji­tarn­ing farmer Brad Miller’s prop­erty.

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