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Heat could affect Mallee crop yields

Brett Worthington, Thursday October 10, 2013 - 12:57 EDT

Grain growers in Victoria's Mallee are facing mixed fortunes this harvest with lingering hot, dry and windy weather.

It reached 35 degrees, with wind gusts up to 32 kilometres an hour, in the region yesterday.

Grower Chris Douglas says he's still hoping for above-average yields for his early-sown wheat crops.

"At the beginning of the season, when it hadn't rained much, I wasn't expecting much at all," he said.

"But to be in the position that we are in is pretty good, considering the way it was looking.

"The earlier crop is looking at probably a little bit above average yield-wise, and the later stuff is still a little bit of an unknown.

"We'll probably need another rain for it to fill completely."


© ABC 2013

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