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Eastern Wheatbelt farmers desperate for rain

Thursday May 16, 2013 - 13:22 EST

The Yilgarn Shire says growers are hoping for a significant cold front will bring decent rain to the eastern Wheatbelt soon.

Last week, a cold front delivered rain to much of the northern and southern Wheatbelt, providing subsoil moisture in time for seeding.

Shire president Romolo Patroni says much of the eastern Wheatbelt missed out.

He says many farmers across the eastern Wheatbelt are desperate for rain to allow a strong start to the season.

"A big portion of the Wheatbelt, particularly the eastern Wheatbelt, that only received between 3-7mm, which was more of a nuisance value than of benefit, it certainly hasn't got any better, if not it's got worse because time has moved on and the cropping window is closing up," he said.

"I'd say anything east of Kellerberrin is very dry and we're all hanging out for rain.

"I know that the average break of the season here is not normally until the 20th of May but having seen such a cold front go through like we did in the last 10 days and receive next to nothing out of it, has demoralised people somewhat."


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