Wheatbelt wins in rain jackpot

31 Jul, 2015 10:12 AM
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Busselton received 64mm over the last 24 hours. Photo thanks to Lisa Bendotti.
"It has been a long time since we have got this sort of rain.
Busselton received 64mm over the last 24 hours. Photo thanks to Lisa Bendotti.

WHEATBELT farmers are over the moon today after significant rainfall fell throughout the region yesterday and last night.

In what was one of the most substantial mid-season rain fronts in years, most areas recorded double digit figures at a time when crops were starting to stress out because of lack of moisture.

The eastern and central Wheatbelt were big winners, with Wongan Hills hitting the jackpot and reporting 92mm in rain events that went through the region over the past 24 hours.

Beacon farmer Andrew Dunne tipped 60mm of rain out of his rain gauge on Friday morning declaring the season "back on".

"It's just terrific to have this sort of rain," he said.

"If we win the footy on the weekend it will be a perfect couple of days."

North Mukinbudin farmer Ian Shadbolt was also a happy man having recorded 51mm on his property from dial-up steady rain with no wind.

"It has been a long time since we have got this sort of rain and this will give us a real chance of getting a good result this year," he said.

Other areas to receive big falls included Bindi Bindi which recorded 76mm, 59mm in Kalannie, 74mm south of Walebing, 40mm at Kununoppin and 49mm in Bencubbin.

Rain appeared patchy in southern areas, with the South West getting big falls, including more than 80mm in Bridgetown, 64mm at Busselton and 51mm at Boyup Brook.

But it was a mixed result in the Upper Great Southern region with only 6mm recorded at Darkan and 2mm at Wagin, while Cranbrook and Kojonup had more than 30mm each.

On the South Coast, Narrikup West received up to 60mm, while further east, only 6mm fell at Newdegate. Hyden had 16mm and Lake King had 10.5mm.

More rain is expected to pass through the State today.

Full report in next week’s Farm Weekly.

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