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Grain growers miss out on overnight rains as Adelaide Hills cop drenching

Tuesday July 4, 2017 - 08:27 EST

Rain-starved farming districts have missed out on heavy rain in parts of South Australia overnight despite more than 30 millimetres falling in the Adelaide Hills.

The Bureau of Meteorology had issued a severe weather warning for some districts but the State Emergency Service said it had minimal call-outs.

SA's highest falls were in the Mount Lofty Ranges with rain gauges recording generally between 10mm to 25mm, but Aldgate and Mount Lofty both recorded 34mm.

Grain growing districts in the Yorke Peninsula, Eyre Peninsula and Mid North missed out, however, with minimal falls generally between 0.5mm and 2mm.

Duty forecaster Mark Anolak said the wet weather would not push inland and parts of the Eastern Eyre Peninsula, Riverland and the Mid North would miss out on the current system.

"Generally they're probably looking at rainfall totals of less than 5mm," he said.

He said southern agricultural areas could expect some higher falls of between 10mm and 30mm for the rest of the week, while the Mt Lofty Ranges could expect a further 30mm to 60mm.

Duty forecaster Ben Owen said the Mount Lofty Ranges had acted like a barrier overnight, preventing the showers from pushing further inland, while the westerly winds meant other areas would not get the rain.

"For the Eyre Peninsla, it's just the wrong direction for them to get decent showers," he said.

"It's been a bit of tough couple of months for them out there, so hopefully we get something soon."

Adelaide with less than 10mm of rain.

Some farmers, particularly those in parts of the Eyre Peninsula, called it the worst start to the growing season they have experienced and have been forced to adjust seeding plans.


- ABC

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