Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Hail damage and rainfall dampening crop outlook

Friday November 2, 2012 - 15:53 EDT
ABC image
Hail on crops between Morawa and Mingenew in the Mid West. - ABC

Hail has already damaged crops in the Mid West and there are concerns heavy rain across much of WA may impact this year's grain harvest.

Co-operative Bulk Handling says parts of the Mid West, Wheatbelt and Esperance regions have received significant rainfall in the past few days.

Farmer Andrew Kenny from Badgingarra says his crop has been badly damaged by hail.

"We've got a couple of thousand hectares of crop and the way the storm went it seemed to follow basically our cropping line all the way down," he said.

"We've got one paddock about 10 kilometres north which is perhaps the only one which hasn't had any damage at all.

"But the others affected, its hard to say, but from 10 per cent to 100 in patches I guess."

CBH Operation's Manager David Capper says with harvest now in full swing, it is crucial the weather clears up.

"There's another front that's crossing the coast on Sunday, that hopefully won't drop too much rain on the area and then it really depends on what happens with the weather after that," he said.

"Whether we get some sunshine and some wind to dry the crops out, if we do then hopefully there will be minimal damage, if the weather stays damp and cloudy and still then unfortunately there could be some damage to the crop from that rain."


- ABC

© ABC 2012

More breaking news

ABC News
Sydney Morning Herald
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

QUT-designed portable flood levee aimed at protecting low-lying towns goes into production

17:13 EST

An Australian-first portable temporary flood barrier designed by a group of Brisbane university students for a competition will go into production.

Winter returns in a hurry

16:24 EST

After unseasonable mid-winter warmth winter has returned in a hurry to both eastern and western Australia as temperatures drop by as much as 15 degrees in 24 hours.

Cold front roars through VIC

10:37 EST

A cold front has brought damaging wind gusts to parts of Victoria with more on the way.