Farmers scan sky for more rain

By Country News

Some towns in northern Victoria and the southern Riverina benefited more than others when the rain fell last week.

From June 9 to 14, Lake Eildon recorded 27.3mm, Yarrawonga saw 14.8mm fall, Shepparton recorded 11.6mm, while Echuca (8mm), Tocumwal (6.4mm) and Deniliquin (5.4mm) all recorded less than 10mm over the same period.

Shepparton was expecting between 10mm and 25mm on Wednesday but it did not eventuate, instead receiving 8.8mm.

Thoona farmer Malcolm Amery said the rain was welcomed for his canola, wheat and faba bean crops.

‘‘We had 23mm for the week and everything was starting to look for a drink prior to the rain,’’ Mr Amery said.

‘‘This will keep the ball rolling and the crops seem to be well germinated.

‘‘We need a few bigger falls than that to replenish sub-soil moisture.’’

Pine Lodge farmer Tony O’Callaghan, who is growing barley, canola and wheat, said he received 10mm on June 12.

‘‘We haven’t had enough,’’ he said.

‘‘We need more rain. This rain is keeping things going at the moment.

‘‘We could handle inches at the moment.’’

While rain in late winter and early spring would be ideal, Mr O’Callaghan said any rain was a good thing.

‘‘We’ll be happy to take whatever we can get.’’