SOAKING rain last week in the Wheatbelt and last weekend has triggered the start of a predicted bumper cropping year in WA.
With CBH tipping a harvest between 16 million tonnes and 20mt of grain, many farmers jumped the gun this week on the traditional Anzac Day start.
At the time of going to press, there were reports from throughout the state indicating a record canola planting was underway.
And if farmers weren't on seeding rigs, they were busy on spraying rigs with chemical knockdown programs cleaning up germinating weeds.
More significantly, rain came down in WA's northern agricultural region last week.
Rain-bearing thunderstorms arrived just in time to launch seeding with a buzz of activity amid renewed hopes and higher confidence for the season ahead.
The optimistic mood is being driven by record high grain prices and excellent summer rains that have injected moisture and laid strong foundations for high yielding cropping programs.
The promising start has also lifted hopes that the 2008 season will produce a recovery for most growers and local businesses after two years of prolonged drought.