Cropping

Rain too late to help crops

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November 24, 2017

The rain that hit the region late last week will not have too much of an impact on cropping farmers, according to agronomists.

The rain that hit the region late last week will not have too much of an impact on cropping farmers, according to agronomists.

WB Hunter agronomist Tristan Hornbuckle said the rain needed to come earlier.

‘‘We’ve had a fairly dry winter and early spring. We could have done with it a few months ago but we just have to cop it on the chin,’’ Mr Hornbuckle said

‘‘It will slow things up, especially for grain and broadacre farmers.

‘‘For irrigated pasture guys, it’s going to be welcome as they will be able put off irrigation for another couple of days,’’ he said.

Advanced Ag agronomist Luke Nagle said heavy rains could do some damage.

‘‘Heavy rains can lodge the crop and micro-bursts (strong winds) can be a problem in heavy wheat crops,’’ Mr Nagle said.

‘‘If there was hail, there could be some damage to canola in windrows.

‘‘It will be handy for dairy farmers as it will save them from irrigating for maybe seven days.

‘‘Overall it’s good for dairy farmers and there is only small issues for broadacre.’’

Mr Nagle said with harvest just around the corner, last week’s rain was not much help at all.

‘‘It’s definitely too late for hay, definitely too late for canola. If wheat still has green leaves it will still have some benefit,’’ he said.

Mr Hornbuckle said last year’s wet season was a year out of the ordinary.

‘‘Last year was a one-in-100-year event. This year has been typical of the last 10 or 20 years,’’ he said.

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