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Farms to soak up more 'welcome' rain

Thursday July 11, 2013 - 11:30 EST

Significant rain forecast for the coming days is continuing a welcome season for South Australia's farmers.

Falls of between 15 and 40 millimetres are expected for most of the agricultural regions, with the heaviest falls expected on Saturday.

There has been a prediction this week that the state's grain crop could be one million tonnes higher than last year.

The president of Grain Producers SA, Gary Hanson, says the latest rain is continuing a dream run, although it could be too much for Kangaroo Island.

"Some parts of Kangaroo Island are very wet - it's almost too wet for some of their cropping paddocks but for most of the state it's welcome follow-up rain, particularly out through the Mallee," he said.

"They've missed out a little bit compared to the rest of the state - they'll very much welcome some more rain."

The weather bureau's Tom Bowick says the falls should be significant.

"Western parts of the state and the southern agricultural area somewhere between about 15 and 40mm, so a bit of a broad range there," he said.


- ABC

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