Farmers look skyward for possible rain

Farmers look skyward for possible rain


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This drone shot of Goomalling farmer Michael McGill's seeding program was taken by his son Ben McGill. So far they have seeded 300ha of canola, 200ha of lupins and have now moved onto barley. Ben said their property had missed out on most of the rain so far, with only 15mm recorded for the year.

This drone shot of Goomalling farmer Michael McGill's seeding program was taken by his son Ben McGill. So far they have seeded 300ha of canola, 200ha of lupins and have now moved onto barley. Ben said their property had missed out on most of the rain so far, with only 15mm recorded for the year.

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The possibility of weekend rain will see many farmers looking skywards as they ease slowly into their 2019 seeding programs.

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THE possibility of weekend rain will see many farmers looking skywards as they ease slowly into their 2019 seeding programs.

Dry conditions so far have seen many farmers only scratch the surface of their planting or delay the start from the traditional Anzac Day launch.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has predicted that a rain front will cross the lower part of the State on the weekend, approaching the South West corner and moving east which may deliver falls to Albany and surrounding areas.

The cold front, which is common to pass through this time of year, will likely cover parts of the Great Southern and South Coastal districts, but is predicted to dissipate before it reaches the South East Coastal area into the Esperance region.

BoM said there was a chance the cold front could move up into some western parts of the Central Wheatbelt, but the system's path is yet to be determined.

So far it has been a dry start for most areas.

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