Fore­cast promis­ing

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A‘promis­ing’ sea­son for Mallee farm­ers has or­gan­is­ers of the 41st an­nual Mallee Ma­chin­ery Field Days hope­ful of a sig­nif­i­cant turn-out for this year’s event.

Re­gional and in­ter­state vis­i­tors will con­verge on the Field Days’ iconic cir­cu­lar de­sign at Speed for a range of agri­cul­tural ex­hibits and in­for­ma­tion on July 31 and Au­gust 1.

Field Days pres­i­dent Terry Kiley said a good sea­son so far had likely pro­vided peo­ple more time to man­age their crops, and there­fore more time to visit the two-day event.

“We ex­pect fairly good at­ten­dance this year with the way the sea­son has been de­vel­op­ing in cen­tral and south­ern Mallee,” he said

“It’s been one of the bet­ter years. We’ve had quite a few good days to do spray­ing and spread­ing.”

Vic­to­rian Bu­reau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy se­nior fore­caster Richard Car­lyon said south­ern Mallee had ex­pe­ri­enced

10 to 25-mil­lime­tres of rain, based on data up to July 17, in what had been a ‘rea­son­able win­ter so far’.

“This puts the Mallee slightly above av­er­age for rain this time of the month,” he said.

“The trend is still for slightly dry con­di­tions for the next few months. It was a very dry start to the year. But the Mallee is on track or slightly above av­er­age at the mo­ment.”

Field Days sec­re­tary An­drew Mclean said both good and bad weather out­looks had an im­pact on vis­it­ing numbers.

“If the weather is too good peo­ple will be too busy spray­ing, but if the weather is poor then it is too wet,” he said.

Rain, hail or shine, how­ever, Speed Lions Club has never had to can­cel an event.

Mr Mclean said he hoped at­ten­dance numbers would stay con­sis­tent with pre­vi­ous years.

On av­er­age, about 8000 peo­ple at­tend the two-day event.

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