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Harvesters in paddocks a welcome sight for farmers

Brett Worthington, Friday November 1, 2013 - 13:25 EDT
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Millewa grain grower James O'Day says he's surprised how good his crops look after enduring hot, wind and dry conditions during the past year. - ABC

The start of harvest has brought smiles to the faces of Mallee grain growers.

Farmers had feared they wouldn't get a crop this year after receiving about half their annual rain in parts of north-west Victoria.

Millewa grain grower James O'Day says he's surprised at how well his crops have weathered hot, dry and windy conditions.

"We've only just got into the wheat and we are quite happy for the season. It's done quite well for the minimal rainfall that we've had," he said

"It just seems to be that we did get it at the right time.

"For the crops that are out there in the paddock, it's a credit to the people who have got crops."

Mr O'Day grows wheat, barley, oats, canola and field peas.

He expects to finish harvesting by the end of November.

"We're getting pretty good at growing crops in a dry climate," Mr O'Day said.

"We are pretty happy with what we are doing and getting a little bit more settled with what we are doing."


- ABC

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