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Eastern wheatbelt disappointed with rainfall results

Olivia Garnett, Thursday May 9, 2013 - 16:55 EST
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Farmers in one of the driest parts of the wheatbelt are very disappointed in the rain associated with this week's cold front.

Romolo Patroni is the Shire President of Yilgarn, he also farms at Marvel Loch in the eastern wheatbelt.

"Very disappointing with the way the cold front came through."

"The predictions that were being made as far as rainfall was concerned we expected to get at least somewhere between 10 and 20 millimetres but I think generally the area only received between four and six millimetres."

"There's quite a lot of dry seeding being done in the area and when you get that amount of rain you're not sure whether it's a good thing of a bad thing because it may just germinate the grain and then not have enough moisture there to sustain it."

"So we'd be looking for a a very good rain in the very near future."

"It's not just for the fact we're not receiving the rain there's just a lack of confidence in the area and I think a good inch of rain or 25 millimetres of rain would give a tremendous boost to the confidence of farmers in this area."


© ABC 2013

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