Riverina farmers welcome the 'perfect break'

Ross Edwards

Ross Edwards

THE Riverina has received a widespread drenching of rain to set the region up for an ideal start to winter cropping.

Heavy rain this week added to an already full soil moisture profile, in many areas, and was timed to coincide with Anzac Day. Traditionally Anzac Day is considered a winter crop sowing deadline for farmers in southern NSW.

And despite Anzac Day marches at Henty and Yerong Creek being called off and services moved indoors farmers were happy with the downpours.  Ross Edwards farms at “Pindari”, Yerong Creek and he is also the chairman of the Henty Machinery Field Days.

“This rain is absolutely fantastic,” he said. He said sowing was about two thirds complete at his property and all of the whistler wheat had gone in already.

“This is the best break we have had for two or three years … it is always great if you can get a break around Anzac Day,” he said.

Temperatures were forecast to drop later this week but Mr Edwards said that wasn’t a concern.

“The stock feed is really starting to kick away,” he said. 

To the west of the Riverina and around the Hay plains falls of up to 50mm were recorded and it was still raining on Wednesday when The Rural went to press. 

FALLS IN THE GAUGE UP UNTIL TUESDAY: 

  • Maude 53mm
  • Deniliquin 49mm
  • Tumbarumba 42mm
  • Narrandera 27mm
  • Culcairn 20mm

Elders Tumut territory sales manager Chris Annetts said 36mm of rain had fallen in his region in the past week.

“It is very much welcome, and it is still raining up here now,” he said.

“This is going to be a good break for us.” 

He said farmers who took the decision to sow winter crops early were now benefiting from the rain and pastures were performing well too. “It is God’s country up here and with the current (livestock) prices this gives farmers confidence,” he said. 

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