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Grain crops escape the brunt of wild weather

Brett Worthington, Wednesday October 2, 2013 - 13:31 EST
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Farmers in the Victorian Mallee expect to start harvesting their grain crops in November. - ABC

Mallee grain crops have escaped the brunt of wild weather that whipped through north-west Victoria this week.

Grain grower Andrew Willsmore, from Underbool near Ouyen, says the wind blew roofs of homes.

He says his crops survived the wind and received a much need boost from the nine millimetres of rain that fell on Monday.

"Things are looking pretty good," he said.

"We've escaped that hot September that usually brings us undone so (I am) pretty happy with how things are looking at the minute."

Mr Willsmore grows lupins, barley, canola and wheat.

He says he will start harvesting his crops at the start of November.

"Barley and canola are looking really good. I'm very happy with them," Mr Willsmore said.

"Our wheat suffered a little bit, there's a little bit of tipping but this late rain might help it fill a little bit better.

"Yields aren't going to be startling but we are hoping for somewhere around the average."


- ABC

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