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Grain growers hoping for a dry patch

Brett Worthington, Thursday July 25, 2013 - 12:16 EST
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Grain grower Geoff Kendall, from Kerang in northern Victoria, is pleased with his crop's growth to date - ABC

Northern Victorian growers are looking at international grain prices to work out how much money they will make this season.

They're hoping for a dry couple of weeks so their bumper crop forecasts become a reality.

Kerang farmer Geoff Kendall says growers feel they've turned a corner after years of drought.

"Here in Australia, we are only a small market in a big sea," he said.

"We've got to look over the next few weeks at internationally what is happening in the US and Ukraine to get a feel for where the prices might go.

"We've got to look at how well their harvests are going and keep a watchful eye on the actual price."

Rain in late May and early June came at the perfect time for grain growers.

Mr Kendall says he hopes a dry spell will set him up for a bumper crop.

"We could see through to about mid-August at the moment. We would probably be looking for a bit of rain around that period of time," he said.

"We would really, really look desperately for a very good rain around the end of September, start of October just to set us up nicely."


- ABC

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