Rain during the Australia Day weekend, although patchy, was a welcome boost for farmers who were lucky enough to receive it.
With 57mm at Dubbo airport, 1.5mm at Lightning Ridge and reports of 0-100mm in the Yass district the rain was extremely patchy.
It was typical of a summer storm, the 105mm we had came heavily, said Graeme Whiteley owner of the property ‘Dunbell’ located between Wellington and Geurie.
“It (the storm) washed silt around and washed a bit of top soil away,” he said
“I’d prefer two inches of nice steady rain rather than four or five inches in a gully-wrenching storm.
“We desperately needed the rain, it’s going to get the lucerne growing and allow us to do a bit of ploughing and prepare for sowing.”
Nyngan NSW DPI agronomist Tim McNee said although Nyngan received very little rain they weren’t that desperate. However West Wyalong AGnVET services agronomist James O’Connor said graziers were looking for more, with a lot of farmers running out of feed and water.
“It was very patchy rain through Ungarie with 36mm in town and only 2mm out of town,
“There’s not much moisture about.
“People are running out of water, the big dams are drying out in the hot weather with a fair few flat-bottomed dams completely bare.
“It was very isolated rain, graziers are looking for more.
“Although cropping farmers aren’t minding the dry spell, they’re hopeful of rainfall at the end of February or early March to get ready for sowing.”
Walgett NSW DPI agronomist Tim Weaver said cotton growers needed rain to finish off their crops.
“There was only 8mm at Burren Junction with very little further west,” he said.
Yass Delta Agribusiness agronomist James Cheetham said the rain was also patchy in his area.
“Rainfall was very well received, however patchy, with 5mm to 100mm,” Mr Cheetham said.
“It was very dry following the extreme heat over the last few weeks. The people who got rain will have a good start coming into autumn however follow-up rain will be needed.”
Graeme Whiteley ‘Dunbell’ said Wellington was lucky enough to receive 105mm of rain while others received nothing and are still looking to the sky for that much-needed break.
RAINFALL ACROSS THE STATE
Dubbo airport 57mm
Lightning Ridge Visitors Centre 1.5mm
Lithgow (Cooerwall) 101.8mm
Walgett airport 0.6mm
Nyngan airport 5.6mm
Orange airport 57mm
Bathurst airport 57.4mm
Parkes airport 16.2mm
Cowra airport 6.6mm
Bourke airport 10.2mm
West Wyalong airport 5mm
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