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Katanning farmers celebrate September soaking

Wednesday October 2, 2013 - 15:39 EST

Katanning has recorded its wettest ever September, which one local farmer says has left crops in the area the best he has ever seen them.

Falls in Katanning of 123.6 millimetres, topped the 110-year-old Bureau of Meteorology record by 0.7 of a millimetre.

Other parts of the Great Southern also had heavy September rainfall, with more than 175mm in Albany and Rocky Gully and nearly 140mm in Wandering.

Katanning farmer Kallum Blake says, despite a slow start to winter, it is the best the crops have been in his family's 30 years working in the area.

"We were a bit worried in June when we only had 12 or 15mm but July turned around pretty quickly and we had a pretty average July," he said.

"Since then we've been pretty wet, we've probably had a few troubles with getting bogged around the place but I'll take that over getting bogged any day.

"After a poor start with a dry June we've had probably our wettest spring for a long time and the crops are looking as good at this time as year for as long as I've been on the farm and probably as long as we've had the farm in the past 30 years."


- ABC

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