Water

Light rain is not enough to help

By Country News

Those looking out the window hoping for rain received some relief over the weekend, but for many it was nothing more than a light drizzle.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, 13mm had fallen in Benalla by Monday morning, yet people in Echuca received little to no relief from the dry with just 0.4mm falling.

Shepparton and Dookie faired slightly better, with 3.6mm and 6.2mm falling respectively, while Deniliquin received a welcomed 11mm.

Although the traditional autumn break arrives around Anzac Day, the Bureau of Meteorology is predicting no more rain until Friday.

Landmark Elmore agronomist Greg Toomey said although everyone likes an April break, they’re far less common than a May break.

‘‘Almost all of my growers have started in the dust,’’ Mr Toomey said.

‘‘You’ve really got to sow by the calendar, not by the weather ... We keep pretty positive.

‘‘Earlier sown crops will out-perform later sown crops, that’s just a fact.

‘‘It will rain sufficiently at some stage to get the crops up ... but dry sowing is not without risks.

‘‘You just have to do the basics right and play by the percentages.’’

With dry conditions a concern, Mr Toomey said there would be a little less canola around the region as a result of the crop’s need for more moisture and falling prices.

He said wheat, barley and oaten hay continued to be in strong demand, which was reflected in prices and was a result of many looking to rectify a lack of hay.